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Thunder use late run to beat Lakers, take 3-1 series lead



Kevin Durant never seems to suffer under pressure. Time and time again he uses the clock to his advantage and this time was no different.

With 13 seconds left Durant nailed one of his three three-pointers giving the Thunder a 101-98 lead. Kobe Bryant missed a game tying three on the Lakers next possession and James Harden hit two free throws to secure a 103-100 victory for the Thunder.

The Lakers let the Thunder close the game out on a 25-9 run after leading them by as much as 13. Bryant had another terrific game scoring 38 points including 14 of 17 from the charity stripe, yet it was not enough.

Besides Bryant, the Lakers had four other players scoring in double figures. Andrew Bynum scored 18, Metta World Peace posted 14, and Ramon Sessions and Pau Gasol each chipped in 10.

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Russell Westbrook led the Thunder with 37 points, while Durant notched 31 and 13 rebounds. Serge Ibaka also scored in double figures posting 14 points on seven of 11 shooting, and five blocked shots.

Los Angeles was in control through much of the game, leading by 10 at halftime and having multiple nine point leads in the third quarter. They even led 92-81 with 7:45 to play in the game.

Oklahoma City however, was able to make a push and persevere. Westbrook made a series of drives to the hoop scoring layups on each encounter. It had already been a dismal day at the Staples Center after the Los Angeles Clippers lost to the San Antonio Spurs earlier in the day.

The Lakers shot a uncharacteristic five of 18 from beyond the arc, while the Thunder posted numbers of six of 16 from the three-point line.

The Thunder are now 7-1 in the playoffs and will take a comfortable 3-1 series lead back to the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. With a win in game 5, the Thunder would make their second consecutive trip to the Western Conference Finals. Last year they lost to the eventual NBA Finals champion Dallas Mavericks.

Game five is scheduled for tomorrow with a tip of 9:30 eastern time.




By: Tyler Scott
Pro Basketball Fans Staff Writer

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