Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Oklahoma crushes the Lakers by 29 points and went on to win by 35
Again the combination of Russell Westbrook basis and forward Kevin Durant was devastating in the game by imposing offensive from the first quarter of its effectiveness and success that broke the defense of the Lakers, who were always tired and equipment resources to stop them.
Westbrook contributed 27 points, nine assists, seven rebounds and two steals, that got rid of the Ramon Sessions basis of the Lakers, in the duel between the two.
If Westbrook was responsible for leading a fast attack devilish actions of Thunder, Durant supported him with shots and 25 points, eight rebounds and four assists, which also made it evident to guard Lakers star, Kobe Bryant, who could not stand too much of the poor level of play that showed his team.
Along with Westbrook and Durant, once again, came the sixth best player in the league, reserve guard James Harden, who completely ignored the provocations dialectical forward Metta World Peace made before the game, and gave a lesson in professionalism and basketball in the field.
His 17 points were used for the Thunder reserves contributed 50 points for just 26 which succeeded those of the Lakers, who headed the only marker to start the game.
Then the Thunder became the masters of the game in all facets of the game and went into the break with the partial advantage of 15 points (59-44), which increased in the third quarter with a 15-2 spurt that left sentenced party and they left the room that were playing for the reserves.
The third period was a real display of Thunder with his triple and mates to the delight of fans of the Oklahoma City team, which was superior in all aspects of the game, but especially in terms of physical strength.
While the Thunder had a week without playing to have swept (4-0) the tie of the quarter-finals against the Dallas Mavericks, the Lakers had to define their place in the semifinals after winning so agonizing in Game Seven to the Denver Nuggets.
The Thunder came to have up to 35 point lead, gave a lesson the Lakers basketball, cleanly and without any unsportsmanlike actions as they had to undergo three weeks earlier in the game of the regular season left when World Peace Harden shocked.
The downside for the Thunder was that the pivot Kendrick Perkins aggravated a hip injury suffered from the series against the Mavericks.
While the Spanish power forward Serge Ibaka-Congolese met with six points in 20 minutes played, scoring May 3 field goals, grabbed four rebounds, recovered a ball and put a stopper.
The Thunder, who dominated all facets of the game, less rebounds, 41-43 for the Lakers, only had four turnovers for 15 of the Lakers.
Bryant scored 20 points, but never was a factor or had role in attacking play of the Lakers, and in fact only had 18 shots and scored seven in addition to capturing three rebounds and two assists spread far from the great individual performance Durant starred.
The center Andrew Bynum was the one who was present in the game under the basket to get a double-double of 20 points, 14 rebounds and a plug.
World Peace scored 12 points and the Spanish power forward Pau Gasol this time either factor could not be won by staying with 10 points and seven rebounds in 30 minutes he played.
Gasol scored 5 of 11 shots from the field, did not go to the line staff and an assist.
The second game of the series will be played on Wednesday at the same stage of Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City.
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