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OKC Thunder Game 4 report card: 'A' for Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook

Staff writer Berry Tramel issues grades from the Thunder's 103-100 victory over the Lakers in Game 4
by Berry Tramel Published: May 20, 2012

Transition defense: D. The Lakers, who were expected to be dragging on the back end of games on consecutive nights, pushed the tempo in the first half and produced 13 fast-break points. Bynum, the biggest man in the building, had three baskets with at least 18 seconds remaining on the shot clock. Inexcusable.

Small lineup: C. Scotty Brooks used a small lineup in both halves, and it gave the Thunder offensive sparks. But it had no staying power, because the Lakers are just too big. Down the stretch, Brooks had to go back to Perkins and Serge Ibaka, and that lineup keyed the comeback.

Defensive rebounding: D. The Lakers had 19 second-chance points, which actually isn't too bad considering L.A. had 21 second and/or third chances. The Lakers missed eight foul shots, but two were dead-ball situations. Of the six live-ball misses, the Lakers rebounded two.

Machoism: C. Perkins and Westbrook each received technical fouls for altercations with Lakers. Perk with Sessions and Westbrook with Steve Blake. Hey, guys. It's always good to stand up to the Lakers. But Sessions and Blake? How about staring down the big-dog Lakers like Kobe and Chaos?

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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