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A look back at the first two games in Staples Center

By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer, Modified: April 27, 2010 at 12:04 am •  Published: April 27, 2010
an 84-74 lead.

Game 2: April 20, 2010
Final Score: Lakers 95, Thunder 92.

Lakers high scorer: Kobe Bryant, 39.

Thunder high scorer: Kevin Durant, 32.

Lakers high rebounder: Pau Gasol, 12.

Thunder high rebounder: Kevin Durant, eight.

Momentum changer: When the Thunder got down 31-20, tying its largest deficit of the night with 10:06 remaining in the second quarter, Serge Ibaka came alive with low-post defense. The rookie forward recorded three of his career-high seven blocked shots over the next 3 1/2 minutes and put the Lakers on notice that their paths to the paint then had resistance. His defensive tenacity had a trickle down effect. It led to the Thunder closing the first half on a 29-14 run to take a 47-45 halftime lead.

Key stat: 17 blocked shots. Seven of the nine Thunder players who saw action had at least one rejection, lead by Ibaka’s seven. Durant had four, and Nenad Krstic had two. The total set a franchise playoff record and was three shy of an NBA playoff record.

How it ended: Kobe Bryant stole the show, proving why he’s considered the game’s ultimate closer. The Lakers’ star checked into the game in the fourth quarter with 8:24 remaining and proceeded to scored 15 of his game-high 39 points in the decisive final frame. His jumper with two minutes left to play broke an 88-all tie and gave L.A. the lead for good.

By Darnell Mayberry

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