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Postgame Numbers: Lakers at Thunder (3/24/15)
Here is a by-the-numbers look at the Lakers’ 127-117 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Rebounds hauled in by Enes Kanter. Oklahoma City’s newest big man was a force down low against the Lakers, with 20 of his 25 points coming in the paint. Kanter, who shot 10-for-15, also reached his sixth-straight double-double before the second quarter even began, as he collected 15 points and 10 rebounds in the first period alone.
Rebounds snagged by the Lakers. L.A. had outrebounded each of its last eight opponents by a combined margin of 87 boards. But the Thunder, who grab the most rebounds in the league, had a +21 advantage over the Lakers on the glass. Kanter, Steven Adams (10) and Mitch McGary (10) each tallied double-digit boards, while no Laker had more than six.
“They have some big guys, and you’ve got to create some space and we didn’t do that,” acting head coach Paul Pressey said. “That gave them a chance to get a lot of second opportunities at the rim. It’s hard to beat a team when they get 66 points in the paint. The effort was good. It just wasn’t good enough.”
Points scored by Jordan Clarkson, who set a new career high. After being held to just two first-quarter points, the rookie exploded throughout the rest of the game to become the first Laker beside Kobe Bryant to reach the 30-point mark this season. Clarkson also recorded seven assists and a career-high three blocks, but it was his 12-for-19 shooting night that stood out, as he became the youngest Laker to score 30 since Andrew Bynum on Jan. 21, 2009.
Jordan Clarkson Shot Chart
“I just felt like I was playing aggressive,” Clarkson said. “I got a lot of buckets in transition. We were running the ball a lot today. I think that’s why Coach put me and (Jeremy) Lin in the game: to push the pace.”
Clarkson Throws Down
Percentage shot by the Lakers. The visitors had little to worry about offensively, as they hit their highest field goal percentage of the 2015 calendar year by going 44-for-85. L.A. was especially potent in the second half, shooting 24-for-43 (55.8 percent) from the field. However, the defense was never able to challenge the Thunder.
Lin Finds Johnson
Field goal percentage by Oklahoma City, which reached its second-highest clip of the season. The Thunder torched L.A. by shooting 48-for-86 from the field, including 33-for-54 in the paint. Along with Kanter, starting guards Russell Westbrook and Dion Waiters ignited to combine for 50 points on 19-for-33 shooting.