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Postgame Numbers: Lakers vs. Thunder (3/1/15)
Here is a by-the-numbers look at the Lakers’ 108-101 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Leads for the Lakers. Oklahoma City maintained control the entire way, as it began the game with a 22-10 run and took a nine-point lead into the second quarter. The Lakers fought back midway through the period, going on a 10-2 run to tie everything up at 45, but they would get no closer. The Thunder pushed their cushion back up to double digits within the first minute of the second half and led by as many as 14 on their way to ending L.A.’s three-game winning streak.
Assists from Wayne Ellington, who set a new career high. Ellington, who also had 12 points and six rebounds, reached his assist mark early in the third quarter, but he was largely ineffective from there. The first-year Laker missed all seven of his fourth-quarter shots, including five 3-pointers, and did not record another assist.
Ellington Goes Behind the Back
Offensive rebounds grabbed by the Thunder. Oklahoma City used its seven-rebound advantage on the offensive glass to score 20 second-chance points, seven more than the Lakers. The Thunder were led by starting bigs Serge Ibaka and Enes Kanter, who pulled down five and four offensive boards, respectively. The duo frustrated L.A. with a pair of double-double performances, as Ibaka finished with 18 points and 14 rebounds, while Kanter collected 16 points and 15 rebounds.
“I think their bigs were more physical,” head coach Byron Scott said. “It’s that simple. You look at Kanter, Serge, (Nick) Collison — those guys are just physical basketball players. They were able to push us into the basket a little bit, which gave them second-chance opportunities that I thought really killed us.”
Points scored by Jeremy Lin. The first-year Laker shot 7-for-14 from the field to lead his team in scoring, while also recording game highs in assists (eight) and steals (three). Lin, who poured in 14 of his points in the second half, continued his hot streak, as he is averaging a team-best 17.0 points since the All-Star break.
“Part of (my success) is me trying to stay aggressive and get in a rhythm, get in a groove,” Lin said. “The other part of it is I’m being trusted with the ball and being given those opportunities, minutes, spacing and style of play.”
Percentage shot by the Lakers in the first quarter. L.A. went just 7-for-22 in the opening frame, and only Jordan Clarkson made more than one basket. The Lakers especially could not getting anything going in the paint, where they missed seven of their first 11 shots.
Lakers Shot Chart (First Quarter)
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