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