Friday, December 13, 2013
Top stats to know: Lakers at Thunder
By ESPN Stats & Information
The Los Angeles Lakers will be on the road to face the Oklahoma City Thunder Friday night (8 ET on ESPN). The Thunder have been playing very well, winning 12 of their last 13 games.
Home sweet home
The Thunder are a perfect 10-0 at home this season, winning by an average margin of 10.1 points. That doesn’t bode well for the Lakers, who have dropped six straight games in Oklahoma City (including the playoffs).
The Indiana Pacers are the only other team in the NBA with a perfect record at home (10-0).
Friday will be Kobe Bryant's third game of the season. The Lakers are 0-2 since he returned to the lineup.
In the 57 minutes Bryant has been on the court since this season, the Lakers are being outscored by 19 points. L.A. is outscoring its opponents by one point in the 39 minutes he’s been off the court.
Bryant posted up six times Tuesday night against the Suns, scoring eight points on 3 for 5 shooting on such plays. He only posted up twice in his first game back against the Raptors with no shots on those plays. Kobe's average shot distance was 10.9 feet Tuesday compared to 16.4 feet against the Raptors.
Few duos in NBA history have been as offensively dominant as Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. They are currently the highest scoring duo in the NBA this season at 46.7 points per game.
It would be their third consecutive season leading the league in that category. Only four duos in NBA history led the league in three or more consecutive seasons.
Durant is averaging an NBA-high 28.4 points this season, if he wins the scoring title it would be the fourth of his career.
He is also averaging 7.7 points in the fourth quarter this season, which is the second-highest mark in the NBA (Stephen Curry is first with 8.9).