Lakers – Thunder Postgame Notes

We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 114-108 loss at OKC:

69
Combined points for Kevin Durant (36) and Russell Westbrook (33), the NBA’s top scoring duo. The Thunder totaled 114, including 41 in the second quarter, and improved to 9-1 when both score at least 20. Kobe Bryant’s 35 points paced the Lakers, including his 4 of 5 shooting from 3-point range; he added seven assists, three steals and his first two blocks of the season.

47
Second-half points the Lakers conceded to OKC, after giving up 67 on 54.3 percent from the floor in the first half. LA also limited the Thunder to 16 for 38 in the final two quarters (42.1 percent). In fact, the Lakers outscored the Thunder in the first and fourth quarters, and tied in the third.

28
Fastbreak points for OKC, who came into the contest averaging just 16. The Thunder scored 20 of those in the second quarter alone, erasing a 1-point deficit at the end of the first to take a 14-point lead into halftime, mostly at the hands of Westbrook.

18
Rebounds for Dwight Howard to go with his 23 points, including six on the offensive end.

14
Free throws made by Kevin Durant, five more than Bryant’s nine.

5
Number of threes hit by Russell Westbrook, a career 29.6 percent shooter from deep, in the first half alone for the Thunder. That led him to 27 of his 33 points. He didn’t score in the third quarter, missing all seven shots, but L.A. couldn’t fight out of the hole he built in a 41-26 second quarter.