Halftime: Thunder 47, Lakers 45

Once again, the Lakers held the Oklahoma City Thunder in the teens in the first quarter. Once again, they couldn’t build on their lead before halftime. In fact, they trailed. In Games 1 and 2 of the series, the Lakers’ biggest bugaboo is their inability to maintain their energy and efficiency. They led by as many as 11 points, but limped to the end of the half trailing by two. Kobe Bryant scored 14 points and Pau Gasol added 10 for the Lakers, who shot 40 percent in the half. Kevin Durant scored 21 points on 9-for-15 shooting for the Thunder. The Lakers led the Thunder by 26-18 after one quarter. Oklahoma City shot 28.6 percent in the first period.

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