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Thunder's first quarter is worst quarter in Game 1 loss to Lakers

By Mike Baldwin, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Published: April 19, 2010
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First quarter, worst quarter
The Thunder never led, playing catch-up the entire game after digging a 27-13 first-quarter hole.

Oklahoma City outscored the Lakers 42-34 in the paint. But in the decisive first quarter the Lakers owned a 14-4 edge inside as the Thunder settled for too many jump shots. When OKC got point-blank shots, Pau Gasol twice blocked Jeff Green shots and Andrew Bynum had a block on Thabo Sefolosha.

The Thunder shot 26.3 percent the first quarter (5-of-19) while the Lakers sizzled early, shooting 54.5 percent (12-of-22) before cooling off the final three quarters.

With both teams struggling the first seven minutes, the Lakers took control when Kobe Bryant scored on a dunk, Derek Fisher on a layup and Pau Gasol on a dunk followed by three 3-pointers from Fisher and Ron Artest late in the quarter to build a double-digit lead.

The Lakers pushed their lead to 17 points (38-21) early in the second quarter, but it was the first quarter that proved to be the difference. The Thunder cut the deficit to six points twice the final 4 1/2 minutes but never recovered from a slow start.

By Mike Baldwin


Game 2: Thunder at Lakers
→When: 9:30 p.m. Tuesday

→Where: Staples Center, L.A.

→TV: TNT (Cox 31)

→Radio: WWLS-AM 640, 98.1 FM

→Live chat: http://newsok.com/sports/thunder

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