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?