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2012 NBA Playoffs: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, Western Conference Semifinals, Game 1

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2012 NBA Playoffs Western Conference Semifinals
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

Oklahoma City Thunder

Series Index:

G.1: Thunder 119, Lakers 90 - at Oklahoma City
G.2: Thunder 77, Lakers 75 - at Oklahoma City
G.3: Lakers 99, Thunder 96 - at Los Angeles
G.4: Thunder 103, Lakers 100 - at Los Angeles
G.5: Thunder 106, Lakers 90 - at Oklahoma City
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Los Angeles Lakers 0 - 1 Oklahoma City Thunder

GAME 1: L.A. Lakers 90 - Oklahoma City Thunder 119

Leaders Points Rebounds Assists
Lakers Bryant/Bynum: 20 Bynum: 14 Blake: 4
Thunder Westbrook: 27 Durant: 8 Westbrook: 9
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Tot
LAL 23 21 24 22 90
OKC 30 29 39 21 119
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May 14 - Oklahoma City. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were just too much and the Thunder destroyed the Lakers 119-90.

Westbrook had 27 points scoring whenever he wanted, to go with his 7 rebounds and 9 assists while Durant, the NBA scoring leader, added 25 points and 8 rebounds and none of them even played in the fourth quarter since the Thunder took a 15-point lead to the halftime break and then outscored the Lakers 39-24 in the third quarter. With 54 seconds left in the period James Harden made 2 free throws to put Oklahoma ahead by 35 points.

Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum had 20 points each (Bynum added 14 rebounds) but the Lakers couldn't match the energy and explosiveness of Oklahoma's young players and looked tired after playing game 7 of their first round series 48 hours before while the Thunder, who committed just 4 turnovers had 7 days of rest.

James Harden received the Sixth Man of the Year trophy before the game. He scored 17 points. His teammate starting center Kendrick Perkins limped off after aggravating a hip injury from the first round.

The Quotes

Kobe Bryant (Lakers): "Obviously, they're more well-rested than we are but I don't think it made that much of a difference for us. We could have had the same amount of days off. They're just younger and faster. And tonight, what you saw is them executing extremely well

Scott Brooks (Thunder Coach): "I think that's huge. Four (turnovers)...we've had that the first 6 minutes of games at times." ... "It's the first team to four wins that wins this series. Come Wednesday night, regardless of if you won by one or 20, it doesn't have no impact on Wednesday night."

"We have to come back with the same energy, and we know that the Lakers are going to play much better.

Kevin Durant (Thunder): "I'm always saying, `We can't get too high and we can't get too low.' ... You know those guys are going to come out and play extremely hard."

Highlights

Los Angeles Lakers Oklahoma City Thunder
Leaders: Pts Reb Ast St Bl More
Kobe Bryant 20 3 2 - -  
Andrew Bynum 20 14 1 - 1  
M. World Peace 12 2 2 1 -  
Pau Gasol 10 7 1 - -  
Matt Barnes 8 2 - - -  
Leaders: Pts Reb Ast St Bl More
Russell Westbrook 27 7 9 2 -  
Kevin Durant 25 8 4 - 1  
James Harden 17 2 1 2 -  
Nazr Mohammed 7 4 1 - 2  
Thabo Sefolosha 7 2 1 2 -  

Complete Boxscore

LOS ANGELES LAKERS
Starters Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Metta World Peace, SF 32 4-10 2-4 2-2 0 2 2 2 1 0 0 2 -26 12
Pau Gasol, PF 30 5-11 0-0 0-0 5 2 7 1 0 0 2 3 -29 10
Andrew Bynum, C 31 7-12 0-0 6-6 4 10 14 1 0 1 3 2 -24 20
Kobe Bryant, SG 32 7-18 1-3 5-7 0 3 3 2 0 0 3 3 -27 20
Ramon Sessions, PG 26 1-7 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 1 -19 2
Bench Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Troy Murphy, PF 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 -1 0
Matt Barnes, SF 21 3-6 2-4 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 3 -6 8
Steve Blake, PG 19 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 4 4 4 0 0 2 1 -11 0
Josh McRoberts, PF 9 1-3 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 +3 2
Jordan Hill, C 21 2-5 0-0 0-0 3 3 6 0 0 1 1 3 -7 4
Andrew Goudelock, G 7 2-3 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 +1 5
Devin Ebanks, SF 4 1-3 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 -3 2
Darius Morris, G 2 2-2 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 +4 5
Totals 35-81 7-16 13-15 13 30 43 14 1 3 15 20   90
Percentages: 43.2% 43.8% 86.7%
Fast break points:   -
Points in the paint:   44
Team TO ( points off ):   15 (22)
+/- denotes team's net points while the player is on the court
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER
Starters Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Kevin Durant, SF 29 8-16 2-5 7-8 1 7 8 4 0 1 0 1 +27 25
Serge Ibaka, PF 20 3-5 0-0 0-0 1 3 4 0 1 2 0 2 +25 6
Kendrick Perkins, C 17 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 1 +14 4
Thabo Sefolosha, SG 17 3-3 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 0 0 4 +27 7
Russell Westbrook, PG 27 10-15 1-1 6-6 1 6 7 9 2 0 1 2 +27 27
Bench Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Derek Fisher, PG 26 2-8 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 1 0 0 +2 5
Nazr Mohammed, C 22 3-5 0-0 1-2 1 3 4 1 0 2 0 3 +18 7
Royal Ivey, PG 7 1-3 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 1 1 -1 2
Nick Collison, PF 23 2-4 0-0 0-1 2 2 4 1 2 0 0 0 +13 4
Lazar Hayward, F 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -4 0
Daequan Cook, SG 17 3-7 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 -3 8
Cole Aldrich, C 9 3-4 0-0 1-2 3 3 6 0 0 0 0 2 -3 7
James Harden, G 24 4-11 0-4 9-10 0 2 2 1 2 0 2 3 +3 17
Totals 44-83 7-17 24-29 10 31 41 20 13 8 4 19   119
Percentages: 53.0% 41.2% 82.8%
Fast break points:   13
Points in the paint:   48
Team TO ( points off ):   4 (6)
+/- denotes team's net points while the player is on the court
Flagrant Fouls: None
Technical Fouls: PLAYERS: 3 OKCITY ( R Ivey 1, S Ibaka 1 ) LALAKERS ( D Ebanks 1 ) - TEAMS (def3sec): None - COACHES: None
Officials: Greg Willard , Tony Brothers , David Guthrie 
Attendance: 18,203
Time of Game: 02:23

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