It felt like last April all over again. The Lakers were in town, the arena was beyond loud and there was just another level of intensity on the floor. The officials swallowed their whistles for most the game, it was extremely physical and just in a general sense, it felt like a playoff game.
Even down to the halftime show, things felt the same as Peter Rabbit returned (he performed twice at halftime during the playoffs).
But just like last year, the Thunder came up juuuuuuuust a little short. Down three with 10 seconds left, Oklahoma City had two shots to tie, with both 3s — one from Kevin Durant and one from James Harden — rimming out. Hey, at least it wasn’t a Pau Gasol tip this time, right? Right?
“I got a good look. Once I let it go, I thought it was good and James felt the same way,” Durant said after the game. “It was kind of like the rest of the game, I just felt like nothing could go our way. We just have to keep pushing it along, keep fighting and staying positive.”
The Thunder battled the Lakers all afternoon, but this game really was a story of two different halves, and a bad third quarter. OKC led the Lakers 56-51 heading into the break and were playing some inspired basketball. They were struggling with Andrew Bynum inside, but Cole Aldrich came in and played 10 really nice minutes, Daequan Cook hit some 3s, Russell Westbrook had 17 and the Thunder just looked to have an edge to them. Keep Reading…