He had both of his steals in the first half, including a sneaky poke-away on a Reggie Evans post-up that led to an easy dunk on the other end.
“Did some things on the defensive end, got me some easy layups,” Lamb said. “(It helped me) get into a rhythm and knock down some shots.”
Lamb also flashed his ability to make plays for others, with three of his five assists coming during a crucial 11-0 run at the end of the first quarter.
Then, as the second quarter started, Lamb pushed that Thunder run to 16-1 with an in-rhythm 3-pointer and a nice dish to Nick Collison for a layup.
A 21-14 OKC lead had ballooned to 37-15. The game was essentially over and Lamb had his fingerprints everywhere.
“When coach trust me to go into the game and my teammates trust me out there, I just want to make them proud,” Lamb said.
But moving forward, the question shifts to Brooks and how often he will trust Lamb enough to put him out there.
“The minutes are going to come,” Brooks said. “Sometimes they’re not going to be as much as they’ve been in the past, but we just want him to keep working hard when he’s out there.”
Mission accomplished on Friday night.