Lakers vs. Thunder Game 4 (halftime): Thunder 55, Lakers 42
The Thunder did everything it wanted to in this half, and the Lakers showed only flashes of their talent. It added up to a 13-point lead for Oklahoma City. The Lakers tried to go inside early without much success, and the Thunder attacked the basket and hit the boards, outrebounding the Lakers, 28-21.
The Lakers' shooting woes in the series also continued; they hit only 18 of 45 shots; the Thunder made 17 of 39.
Kobe Bryant, who finished the half with eight points on three-of-six shooting, finally showed the kind of spark that Lakers fans pay to see when he drove the lane and hit a left-handed layup with 58.7 seconds left in the half, but Russell Westbrook did the same at the other end to negate it. Westbrook, as he has done throughout the series, left Derek Fisher spinning in his wake.
Free-throw woes continued for the Lakers when Bryant missed his first of two with 1:25 left in the half. At the break, the Lakers were three for 10 from the line; the Thunder 18 of 19, the only miss by Kevin Durant on the second of two free throws with four seconds left.
Westbrook led all scores with 16 points on five-of-six shooting as well as six of six at the free-throw line. Durant added 11 points.
Andrew Bynum, with 11 points, is the only Laker in double figures.
Photo: Lakers forward Lamar Odom attempts a reverse layup against the defense of Thunder center Nick Collison in the first half Saturday night. Credit: Larry W. Smith / EPA