We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 105-96 win against OKC:
Percent shooting for L.A. against an OKC defense that had limited opponents to 43 percent from the floor (third in the league). On the other end, the Lakers held the Thunder – a team that leads the league in scoring (105.9) and is third in field-goal percentage (47.8) – to 96 points and a 44.4 clip.
Dimes for Kobe Bryant, his second straight game with at least that number. It was the first time Bryant had recorded 14 assists in back-to-back games since December of 2002. ” He is playing like Magic Johnson,” Steve Nash said. “He’s taking the ball down, controlling the offense and creating opportunities for his teammates.”
Rebounds for Metta World Peace, to go along with 15 points and three assists. World Peace recorded his second double-double since the start of the 2010-11 season, and split time with Earl Clark on Kevin Durant, who was just 10 of 26.
Straight field-goals missed for Russell Westbrook, who finished 6 for 22 towards 17 points, “(Westbrook) didn’t shoot the ball well, nor did (Durant), and they’re going to make those shots,” OKC coach Scott Brooks said. ”
Three-pointers made for OKC, a team that converts nearly eight per game. The Thunder, who came into the game shooting 38.8 percent from deep (second in the NBA), missed their first seven triples, and made 4 of 16 overall (25 percent).