Slow start is an understatement for what transpired in Game 5 at the Staples Center. Opening the game 0-of-13 from the field, the Thunder fell behind 14-1 in the opening six minutes. The Thunder made its first field goal with 5:28 remaining in the quarter. For a change, a slow start lasted the entire first half as the Lakers’ suffocating defense contested nearly every shot.
Unlike the first three games in the series, when Oklahoma City rallied to overcome slow starts, the Thunder dug such a large hole it never made a serious run. Oklahoma City trailed 55-34 during the first half and trailed by 31 points on several occasions in the third quarter. Slow starts have been a trend for the Thunder in this series. OKC trailed 27-13 after one quarter in Game 1, 26-18 after one quarter in Game 2 and fell behind 10-0 in Game 3, trailing 27-22 at the end of the third quarter. The Thunder shot 26.2 percent the first half (11-of-42). Pounding the ball inside, the Lakers shot 64.9 percent in the first half.