With 7:39 left in the first quarter, after a Jodie Meeks 3, the Lakers led 13-7. Scott Brooks called a timeout. After it, the Thunder went on a 115-84 run.
And that’s your ballgame.
If you came to Chesapeake Energy Arena excited to see plenty of Perry Jones, Hasheem Thabeet, Jeremy Lamb, Chris Kaman and Ryan Kelly in crunchtime, well then this was the game for you. The Lakers were competitive for about half of the first quarter, attempting to run the Thunder and create easy scoring opportunities. Trying to outgun and outrun the Thunder is a bad plan, but Mike D’Antoni could see the writing on the wall — with no point guard, there was no way the Lakers could hang with OKC in a halfcourt game.