“When you look at their team you think that's a prototypical defensive team because they've got size but with the size they have athletic quickness. And so they should be able to play defense any way shape or form that they want to because of the pieces that they have. And it's starting to show, especially as the year has gone along, in the different categories that you look at.”
BY THE NUMBERS
2-0: The Thunder's record without James Harden in the lineup.
3-1: The Thunder's record in overtime games.
7-1: The Thunder's final record on Sundays.
16.8: Harden's points average this season, a career-high.
18-0: The Thunder's record when shooting at least 50 percent.
21-12: The Thunder's final road record.
36.6: Field-goal percentage against the Lakers, a season-low.
50:34: Minutes played by Kevin Durant on Sunday.
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant on the vicious Metta World Peace elbow to James Harden: “I can't speculate (how many games World Peace will be suspended). I'm sure he'll have some type of a suspension. And James, I hope he's OK. I haven't heard anything about how he's doing, but he's one of my favorite players in the league, one of my young boys, so I hope he's doing all right.”
The Thunder returns to Chesapeake Energy Arena after a five-game road trip to close out the regular season with a two-game home stand. Oklahoma City will play Sacramento on Tuesday before closing the regular season against Denver on Wednesday. Tipoff for the Kings game is scheduled for 7 p.m.
By Darnell Mayberry