Thunder (2-game winning streak)
107.2 Offensive Efficiency (2nd)
99.6 Defensive Efficiency (8th)
95.7 Pace (6th)
56.8 True Shooting % (1st)
51.6 Rebound Rate (3rd)
Lakers (1-game winning streak)
103.4 Offensive Efficiency (10th)
101.6 Defensive Efficiency (13th)
92.8 Pace (20th)
53.6 True Shooting % (8th)
53.1 Rebound Rate (2nd)
The Thunder are running out of time to catch the Spurs for the top seed in the Western Conference. Oklahoma City has just three games left this season and is a half game back of San Antonio in the standings.
The Thunder appeared to have the Lakers’ number the last time they played. Despite falling behind 30-18 after one quarter, the Thunder won 102-93 thanks to 36 points from Russell Westbrook.
Kobe Bryant scored 23 points in that game but went 7-of-25 from the field.
The Lakers lost their last game to the Spurs 121-97 in Bryant’s first game back from injury. Bryant scored 18 points in 30 minutes while the Spurs’ offense was simply unstoppable.
Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol are usually a huge advantage over anyone but Oklahoma City has the bigs to contain them with Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins on the frontline.
Kevin Durant scored 21 points to go with 11 rebounds and five assists in the Thunder’s last game versus the Lakers. Metta World Peace did a decent job on him making it tough on the catch with physical play.
James Harden has come around lately averaging 30.0 points per game over his last two after a averaging just 13.0 per game over the eight games before. Against the Lakers this season, Harden is averaging just 12.5 points per game and shooting 42.9 percent from the field.
A win today pretty much has to happen for the Thunder as San Antonio plays Cleveland today.