Thunder-Lakers: The Lakers played Game 2 the way they wanted, until it all came undone

THUNDER 77, LAKERS 75 — Kobe Bryant on Metta World Peace's decision to pass to a wide-open Steve Blake in the corner instead of Bryant in the far corner: “I'm not sure what Metta saw.”
By JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: May 17, 2012

- In Game 1, the Thunder had four turnovers total. In Game 2, guard James Harden (five) and forward Kevin Durant (four) had at least four each.

- The Thunder shot 50 percent in the first half (18 for 36) and 33 percent (11 for 33) in the second half on Wednesday, and still won thanks to the Lakers shooting 38.5 percent for the game and 13.3 percent (2 for 15) from 3-point range.

Despite crumbling in the final two minutes, the Lakers still had one final shot to tie or win.

With 5.7 seconds remaining, the Lakers ran a flare play for a pass to go to Bryant on the far side of the court.

Bryant appeared to be well-covered by Thabo Sefolosha with Serge Ibaka helping off a pick. However, LA coach Mike Brown later described Bryant as "wide-open on the back side."

Bryant said: "I don't know what Metta saw."

Meanwhile, Blake stood alone in the right corner just 15 feet away from where World Peace inbounded the ball.

Thunder defender Russell Westbrook inexplicably had his backed turned to Blake and quickly turned to contest the shot.

"I was there to be an outlet for them, and my man kind of ran away from me," Blake explained. "I'm going to take that shot. It was a good look. I just happened to miss it this time.

"Once I let it go, I kind of knew it was to the right a little bit."


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