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2012 NBA Playoffs: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, Western Conference Semifinals, Game 3

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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 1 - 2 Oklahoma City Thunder

GAME 3: L.A. Lakers 99 - Oklahoma City Thunder 96

Leaders Points Rebounds Assists
Lakers Bryant: 36 Gasol/Bynum: 11 Gasol/Bryant: 6
Thunder Durant: 31 Ibaka: 11 Sefolosha: 4
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Tot
LAL 23 27 19 30 99
OKC 15 32 23 26 96
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May 18 - Los Angeles. This time Kobe Bryant was the clutch player everybody knows and the Lakers won 99-96 to stay alive in one of the Western Conference Semifinals. Oklahoma leads the series 2-1 and, unusually for the playoffs, game 4 will be played in less than 24 hours.

Kobe scored 14 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter, making all his 18 free throw attempts. The Lakers as a team were almost perfect from the line making 41 of 42. L.A. started with the right foot with an 8-0 run and leading 16-4 seven minutes into the game. The Thunder reacted in the second period and scored 32 points to go to the halftime break trailing by three, 50-47.

The Lakers bigs had strong games, especially at the defensive end. Andrew Bynum finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds and Pau Gasol added 12 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists while Ramon Sessions and Steve Blake had 12 points each. Sessions had scored 2 points in each of the previous two games.

In the fourth quarter the Lakers didn't repeat their performance from game 2 when they made all the wrong plays in the final minutes. Russell Westbrook's dunk with 2:54 to go gave the Thunder a 92-87 lead and with the risk of falling into a 0-3 hole from which no team has ever recovered in NBA history the Lakers execution was great and their defense better. Pau Gasol made two free throws, Kobe followed with a layup and then their perfect aim from the free throw line decided the game. Kevin Durant, who finished with 31 points missed a three-pointer that could have tied the scored with 4 seconds left.

Before the game, Gasol received the Citizenship Award for his charity work as a UNICEF ambassador. World Peace (then Ron Artest) won the award last season. The Lakers have not play a back-to-back playoff game since May 22-23, 1999, in the second round against the Spurs during another shortened season shortened.

The Quotes

Kobe Bryant (Lakers): "If it's an up-and-down game, we don't have a shot. 'We've got to just slow down the game. Play our pace, play our tempo, and we'll give ourselves a great opportunity."

Pau Gasol (Lakers): "We continued to work, even when they got the lead a couple of times in the fourth quarter. It's in us. We want to win this series, we want to beat this team, and we will do whatever it takes. Obviously, we know how hard it is going to be, but we are ready for it."

Kevin Durant (Thunder): "We can play any type of basketball. That's what's good about our team. We can play fast. We can play slow. That's what tonight was, and so was Game 2. But both games, we did a good job of fighting. Tonight, we just didn't come out on top."

Scott Brooks  (Thunder Coach): "We put them on the line. We can't do that. Down the stretch, you have to defend them without fouling and rebound the basketball. Unfortunately, we came up short."

Highlights

Los Angeles Lakers Oklahoma City Thunder
Leaders: Pts Reb Ast St Bl More
Kobe Bryant 36 7 6 2 -  
Pau Gasol 12 11 6 1 2  
Andrew Bynum 15 11 2 - 3  
Ramon Sessions 12 2 4 - -  
Steve Blake 12 8 - - -  
Leaders: Pts Reb Ast St Bl More
Kevin Durant 31 5 1 2 1  
Russell Westbrook 21 9 1 2 -  
James Harden 21 4 1 3 -  
Serge Ibaka 8 11 1 - 3  
Kendrick Perkins 6 2 1 1 4  

Complete Boxscore

OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER
Starters Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Kevin Durant, SF 41 12-23 1-4 6-6 1 4 5 1 2 1 5 1 -5 31
Serge Ibaka, PF 31 4-10 0-1 0-0 7 4 11 1 0 3 0 4 -13 8
Kendrick Perkins, C 31 2-5 0-0 2-2 0 2 2 1 1 4 2 4 -1 6
Thabo Sefolosha, SG 24 1-5 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 4 2 1 0 3 0 3
Russell Westbrook, PG 35 7-18 0-3 7-8 3 6 9 1 2 0 1 3 0 21
Bench Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Derek Fisher, PG 18 2-7 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 3 +1 4
Nazr Mohammed, C 13 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 5 -2 0
Nick Collison, PF 16 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 3 0 0 0 1 +6 2
Daequan Cook, SG 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 -2 0
James Harden, G 29 4-13 2-5 11-12 0 4 4 1 3 0 1 5 +1 21
Royal Ivey, PG DNP COACH'S DECISION
Lazar Hayward, F DNP COACH'S DECISION
Cole Aldrich, C DNP COACH'S DECISION
Totals 33-83 4-17 26-28 13 24 37 13 11 9 9 30   96
Percentages: 39.8% 23.5% 92.9%
Fast break points:   23
Points in the paint:   40
Team TO ( points off ):   9 (14)
+/- denotes team's net points while the player is on the court.
LOS ANGELES LAKERS
Starters Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Metta World Peace, SF 38 3-10 2-8 2-2 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 4 +14 10
Pau Gasol, PF 37 4-8 0-0 4-4 2 9 11 6 1 2 4 3 -4 12
Andrew Bynum, C 40 2-13 0-0 11-12 4 7 11 2 0 3 1 0 +15 15
Kobe Bryant, SG 39 9-25 0-1 18-18 2 5 7 6 2 0 2 4 +11 36
Ramon Sessions, PG 28 5-9 0-0 2-2 1 1 2 4 0 0 3 1 -7 12
Bench Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Matt Barnes, SF 10 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 3 5 -11 0
Steve Blake, PG 29 4-5 2-2 2-2 1 7 8 0 0 0 2 3 +2 12
Jordan Hill, C 19 0-0 0-0 2-2 2 2 4 0 1 2 0 2 -5 2
Troy Murphy, PF DNP COACH'S DECISION
Josh McRoberts, PF DNP COACH'S DECISION
Andrew Goudelock, G DNP COACH'S DECISION
Devin Ebanks, SF DNP COACH'S DECISION
Darius Morris, G DNP COACH'S DECISION
Totals 27-70 4-11 41-42 12 32 44 20 7 9 15 22   99
Percentages: 38.6% 36.4% 97.6%
Fast break points:   7
Points in the paint:   30
Team TO ( points off ):   15 (22)
+/- denotes team's net points while the player is on the court.
Flagrant Fouls: None
Technical Fouls: PLAYERS: 3 LALAKERS ( M World Peace 1 ) OKCITY ( K Perkins 1, R Westbrook 1 ) - TEAMS (def3sec): None - COACHES: None
Officials: Joe Crawford , Sean Wright , Zach Zarba
Attendance: 18,997
Time of Game: 2:42

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