Free throws a major issue for Lakers

Updated: April 25, 2010, 4:10 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

OKLAHOMA CITY -- One can point to plenty of facets as the reason the Thunder were able to come away with the win in Game 4 -- bench play, fast-break points, turnovers, rebounding -- but perhaps none of them illustrates the 21-point loss for the Lakers more concretely than Oklahoma City's 25-point advantage at the free throw line.

The unguarded 15-foot shot has been a recurring cast member in the first four games of this dramatic best-of-seven series so far.

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