"One benefit is you had a pretty good year you can build on,” Brooks said. "We still have a good chance. We’re not down. Everybody won’t be wearing a black uniform. We have an opportunity to take care of our home court. We’ve done it the last two games. Our energy has to be much better.
"They took care of their job. They won their three home games. We have to win our third home game to make it a seven-game series. But the playoffs do a lot. Every team has to go through playoff battles. What’s to say we can’t win this series and go to the next series and have a better playoff (experience)?”
The Lakers have outscored the Thunder by 30 points in the first quarter in the series. In four of the five games, Oklahoma City has fallen behind 27-13, 29-18, 10-0 and 14-1.
OKC missed its first 13 shots to start Game 5.
"We have to hit some shots,” Brooks said. "Looking back, we took three or four bad shots. We have to clean that up. We can’t take bad shots. We have to keep moving the ball and make sure the ball finds a good shot and then make (those) shots.”
The team that outrebounds the other wins the game? So far that’s been the case in the series, a trend that produced similar results during the regular season for the Thunder. Including the playoffs, OKC is 42-15 when its outrebounds its opponent, 10-20 when it doesn’t.
Collison charging ahead
Collison, who led the league during the regular season in taking charging fouls (57), also is the leader in the playoffs (five).
"It means a lot (to me),” Collison said. "It’s a good play for the defense. If you don’t block a lot of shots you need to do something at the rim when guys drive in there. It’s a turnover. It’s a good play that can give you some momentum.”