By the numbers: Phil Jackson has never lost a series when his team takes command early

By Mike Baldwin, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Modified: April 26, 2010 at 4:54 am •  Published: April 26, 2010
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Posting two wins in the Ford Center to even the best-of-7 series 2-2 with the Lakers, the Thunder has a shot at posting a first-round upset. But numbers reveal Oklahoma City will have to change history.


Lakers coach Phil Jackson has never lost a series when his teams take command early. League-wide, only three No. 8 seeds have won a first-round series since the NBA expanded to a 16-team format in 1984.

44-0 Phil Jackson's series record when his teams win Game 1

33-0 Phil Jackson's series record when his teams are up 2-0

17-0 Lakers all-time record in Game 5 in Staples Center

12-0 Lakers playoff Staples Center record vs. Sonics/Thunder

101-3 NBA No. 1 seeds series record all-time vs. No. 8 seeds

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