Halftime: Lakers 53, Thunder 47

OKLAHOMA CITY — If the Lakers end this thing tonight, then they owe full props to Ron Artest for his dogged pursuit of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant. Artest’s offense has been, well, offensive during the series. His defensive play has been exceptional, however. Durant scored 14 points on only 2-for-11 shooting in the first half. Durant missed his first seven shots tonight. He got to the free throw line early and often, however. He made 9 of 10. Artest scored only two points on 1-for-5 shooting as the Lakers led most of the way.