Oklahoma turned their home court advantage into the Peoples Court and delivered a verdict that left the Lakers team and fans stunned. Not to say that this couldn’t happen what with the way the Lakers struggled to put away the Nuggets in seven games and the Nuggets are nowhere near as athletic as the Thunder.
The Thunder handled the Lakers to take a 15-point halftime lead and everybody figured that the Lakers would make halftime adjustments and come out in the third ready to game but, that didn’t happen. Instead, the Thunder opened the third with a 15-2 blitz and never looked back.
“It’s their explosiveness,” Bryant said of the Thunder during postgame interviews. “When they go on runs, they go on big runs. We have to do a better job when those runs take place to cut that water off right away. Once they get going, it goes downhill quickly.”
The Thunder also set a new franchise record with only 4-turnovers for the entire game.
”I think that’s huge,” coach Scott Brooks said. ”Four – we’ve had that the first 6 minutes of games at times.”
The Lakers will have to regroup and hope for a little more rest and a better outcome.
”Obviously, they’re (more) well-rested than we are but I don’t think it made that much of a difference for us,” Bryant said. We could have had the same amount of days off. They’re just younger and faster. And tonight, what you saw is them executing extremely well.”
The Lakers/Thunder Game 2 is May 16, 2012. Be sure to get your tickets soon!