The Thunder did indeed miss a boatload of quality shots. But when things got tight — and the Thunder kept clanging them — there never came a point when OKC made the adjustment and turned down good shots for great shots. Nothing illustrated that point more than Durant and Westbrook both settling for potential game-winning 3-pointers with the game tied instead of attacking for a chance at higher percentage shots. Durant missed a 3 at the end of regulation. Westbrook missed an off-balance 3 at the end of the first overtime.
“You always can say that if you miss you could have shot a different shot,” said Durant, who scored a game-high 35 points but needed 34 shots. “I made that one before. I felt confident in it when it left my hands, just like a lot of my other shots. But it just didn't go in.”
The incessant jumpers ultimately ruined the Thunder. At the other end, the Lakers attacked and worked their way to the free throw line, making 16 of 23 foul shots in the fourth quarter and overtime. Over that same span, the Thunder earned, and made, just eight.
“I'm not concerned,” said Kendrick Perkins of the offense. “At the end of the day, offense wins games but defense wins championships. I strongly believe that. The teams that are the best defensive teams in the playoffs are the teams that win. So I'm not too much worried about our shots because I feel like if we force turnovers we'll get fast break opportunities.”