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Kobe drops 39, Lakers hold off improved Thunder to win Game 2

 

 

For the second time in three days the Lakers show they are still the team to beat in the West. Going into the series the Thunder was predicted to give the Lakers all they could handle, and that is exactly what happened Tuesday night in Los Angeles.

Kobe led all scorers with 39 points en route to the Lakers fourth straight postseason victory, dating back to last year’s finals.

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Ron Artest matched Durant in minutes, guarding him much of the game, racking up 4 steals. Durant scored 32 points with 8 rebounds and 4 blocks. Point guard Russell Westbrook scored 19 with only 3 assists.

With 1:47 seconds left Pau Gasol drew the offensive foul on Kevin Durant. Earlier in the week Lakers’ Coach Phil Jackson was critical of the treatment that Thunder Forward, Kevin Durant was receiving from referees. Watching this play unfold I couldn’t help but wonder if that call was a result of the ‘Zen master’s’ head games. Jackson was fined $35,000 for his comments.



The difference in the game was Pau Gasol adding 25 points and 12 rebounds, 5 of which were offensive rebounds. The Lakers out rebounded the Thunder on offense 19 to 7. Simply put the Thunder does not have an answer for the Lakers front court. Gasol and Bynum’s athleticism has been causing the Thunder’s big men problems and will most likely continue throughout the series.

Like most teams first trip to the post season, it looks as if the Thunder remains one or two more years and a solid center from breaking through the first round of the playoffs. It will be interesting to see how this young team reacts to being down 2 games to none. The series shifts to Oklahoma City where the Thunder will play their first home playoff game, and the city of Oklahoma will see their first playoff game, ever.

 

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By: Robert Crawford
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