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By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer, Modified: April 28, 2010 at 12:11 am •  Published: April 27, 2010

d Oklahoma City trailed by 11 in the first half of Game 2 before peeling off a 29-14 run to enter halftime with a two-point lead.

But there is data that raises even more doubt about tonight’s game, figures that confirm the odds aren’t on Oklahoma City’s side.

The Lakers, owners of 15 NBA championships, are a frightening 18-0 in Game 5 at home when the series is tied 2-2.

"I don’t know what history says. I just know that you just have to go and play that game the best that you can,” Brooks said. "History has nothing to do with it. They’re good on their home floor. They’ve won a lot of games on their home floor.

"They’re going to be ready for us...They’re going to give us some shots throughout the game.”

Oklahoma City has shown it can respond to adversity. L.A. hasn’t. And now the question is whether the Lakers can bear another blow.

Brooks and veteran forward Nick Collison both stopped short of branding the Lakers vulnerable. But they didn’t have to. Kobe Bryant is hobbled by injuries to his right index finger, left ankle and right knee.

Ron Artest can’t throw it in the Pacific Ocean from the Santa Monica Pier. L.A.’s dominant post pairing of Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol has been neutralized since Game 1. And the Lakers’ bench and transition defense has been non-existent throughout.

"We’ve always felt that we were going to be in this series and this series was going to go long,” Brooks said.

"We weren’t thinking that we would sweep them.”

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