The Oklahoma City Thunder mounted a late game comeback to get past the Los Angeles Lakers 77-75 on Wednesday night, giving the Thunder a 2-0 series lead as they hit the road to Los Angeles. The late collapse by the Lakers left SB Nation's Lakers blog Silver Screen And Roll wondering where the lay the blame for the loss.
Where do you start pointing fingers for those two minutes? Is it at Kobe for an awful turnover in the middle of the rally, or for his two misses to end the game? Or is it at Steve Blake for missing his shot, wide-open in the corner for three? Is it at John Kuester and Mike Brown for drawing up a play that only served to take time off the clock when they were both down a point and with OKC having a foul to give?
The Thunder on the other hand showed some fight and were able to battle back despite their failures. J.A. Sherman of SB Nation's Thunder blog Welcome To Loud City credits the great defensive play all game by the Thunder.
The best thing we can say about this game is that OKC persevered again through their struggles to give themselves a chance to win. Their defense played well throughout the game, holding the Lakers to only 30 points in the whole second half. Even with the number of misfires, OKC never fell out of it, and even with 2:08 to play and down seven points, we knew there was enough time to recover if they made some game-saving plays.