Lakers' Offense Turns Cold Against OKC
Orlando- The Los Angles Lakers could not find their shooting touch, as the Oklahoma City Thunder outscored them,105-86.
The Lakers struggled to find their rhythm in the first half, as they had to pull themselves out of a double-digit lead against OKC. Anthony Davis did not have a dominating half as he only had 5 points and sat on the bench majority of the two quarters. Outside of LeBron James, the Lakers could not get their second unit to hit shots. Danny Green could not find his strokes as he went 3 out of 9 from the three-point land. At the end of the half, the Lakers were down big, 52-39, and were shooting around 30% from the three-point strike.
In the second half, the Lakers attempted to cut a 20-point lead that OKC held by putting together a 10-2 run late in the third quarter to cut it to 14 at the end of the quarter. In the fourth quarter, Lebron pushed the pace, as he was very aggressive getting to the basket and scoring from the outside, but the Lakers could not stop the inside shooting of OKC. OKC was shooting around 42% for the game and had more rebounds than the Lakers. The Lakers missed opportunities with climbing back in the game, due to missed free throws. Los Angles made 19 free throws out of 29. With the lackluster offense from the Lakers, the Lakers dropped another game. Lebron finished with 19 points, 2 assists, and 6 rebounds.
It may be early to say this, but the Lakers need their second unit to step up. They have struggled to find a consistent guy that can take the load off of their starters and be a dominant factor with pulling out a victory in a grind-out game.