We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 122-97 loss at Oklahoma City:
Rebounds for Oklahoma City, including 20 on the offensive end. The Thunder held a plus-18 edge on the glass, had 19 second-chance points and improved to 14-1 this season when outrebounding their opponent.
Points for the NBA’s leading scorer, Kevin Durant, to go along with eight rebounds, five assists and four steals in three quarters of action. Durant was nearly perfect from the field (10 of 13 field goals, 8 of 8 free throws) and tied for a team-high plus-24 in 31 minutes. Below is a shot chart of his efficiency from the floor, courtesy of NBA.com/stats.
Fastbreak points for the Lakers, a season high, despite not having a healthy point guard on their roster. Kobe Bryant tried getting his teammates easy opportunities in transition, particularly early in the game, but also turned the ball over seven times.
Assists from Bryant in 23 minutes. By default, he was the starting point guard with the Lakers missing Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar due to various injuries. Bryant came within two assists of tying his career-high (15) back in Feb. 2002 vs. Washington.
Different starting lineups the Lakers have used through 22 games thus far. Blake, out a minimum of six weeks with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, had started all 21 games until the beginning of the road trip. Pau Gasol remains the only player to start each game this year.