Friday, April 23, 2010

No Sweep: Thunder Edge Out Lakers

No sweep for the Lakers as the Thunder came back and overcoming the deficit of 11 points in the 3rd quarter, winning 101-96, thus, slimming the series 2-1. They found themselves in deep trouble as Kevin Durant and the Thunder had a slow start in the game, seeing the Lakers race to an early lead 10-0. Kobe Bryant, who scored 24 points for the Lakers provides the spark as the Thunder was slowly dictating the tempo in the second quarter and trimming the lead for just 35-39. A three pointer by Bryant change the momentum of the game and the Lakers picked up what they have started, leading in the 3rd quarter of 10 points, 62-52. A basket by Pau Gasol made it a 64-53 ballgame. Then, Scott Brooks called a timeout, thus, making Durant giving a chance of understanding the game. A serious run by the the Thunder and Durant found his touch saw the Lakers lead down to three. A three pointer by Durant made it the first tied ballgame for the Thunder 74 all late in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, a surprising move that saw Durant guarding Kobe Bryant, that the latter scored just 4 points in the fourth quarter of 2-for-10 shooting. Then, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant,James Harden and timely baskets by Serge Ibaka helped each other to outlast the defending champs. Durant still managed to score 29 points and grabbing 19 rebounds, Westbrook added 27 points,8 rebounds and 4 assists and James Harden, after being shut out in the first 2 games, scored 18 points. Oklahoma Thunder will try to even up the series in game 4 as they will host the Lakers again.

In other games:

Behind the 42 point effort by Jason Richardson, the Phoenix Suns takes game 3, winning 108-89 over the Portland Trail Blazers

The Chicago Bulls, lead by the 31 points of Derrick Rose, Kirk Hinrich's 27 points and Luol Deng's 20 points won over a 39-point performance of Lebron James and the Cavaliers, 108-106.


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