A look back at the first two games in Staples Center

By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com Modified: April 27, 2010 at 12:04 am •  Published: April 27, 2010
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A look at Games 1 and 2 inside Staples Center.

Game 1: April 18, 2010
Final Score: Lakers 87, Thunder 79.

Lakers high scorer: Kobe Bryant, 21.

Thunder high scorer: Kevin Durant, 24.

Lakers high rebounder: Pau Gasol, 13.

Thunder high rebounder: Nick Collison, eight.

Momentum changer: The Lakers led 45-31 with two minutes remaining in the first half and appeared to be on the verge of running away with the win. Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook, though, turned it on, scoring eight straight Thunder points to end the half on an 8-2 run and bring OKC within 47-39. Westbrook continued to keep the Thunder in it into the third quarter, scoring or assisting on 23 of 24 OKC points between the 4 1/2 minute mark of the second period until the 2 1/2 minute mark of the third.

Key stat: 7-for-24 field-goal shooting for Kevin Durant in his playoff debut. Durant went 1-for-8 from behind the 3-point line, leading the way in the Thunder’s dreadful 2-for-16 shooting night from beyond the arc.

How it ended: The Thunder pulled within 79-73 with 3:31 remaining, but Durant’s cold shooting proved too much to overcome. Lakers point guard Derek Fisher canned the dagger 3-pointer with 1:30 remaining to give the L.


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