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OKC Thunder shows no rust in beating Lakers 119-90

The Lakers' Metta World Peace was showered with boos, the Thunder's Kendrick Perkins returned and Oklahoma City opened its NBA Western Conference Semifinals series with a 119-90 blowout of the Lakers in Game 1 at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
by Ryan Aber Published: May 15, 2012

During the game, he was booed every time he touched the ball.

Extra police officers were added behind the Lakers bench for the game, and arena workers confiscated signs that were deemed inappropriate.

“We just try to worry about the game once it starts,” World Peace said. “That's their fans. They're not Lakers fans.”

After hitting a pair of 3-pointers in the first 2:30, World Peace finished with 12 points.

Perkins returned from the right hip muscle strain he suffered in the Thunder's first-round clinching win at Dallas on May 5 but left early in the third period and didn't return.

The Thunder didn't need him, at least Monday night.

They dominated from early on and led by as many as 35 late in the third quarter.

On the defensive end, the Thunder forced 15 Lakers turnovers and frustrated Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who finished with 20 points but was just 7 of 18 from the floor.

“Kobe Bryant is one of the best players to ever, ever play this game and all we want to do is make him take some tough shots,” Brooks said. “We did a good job on him, but it's only one game. We need to do the same thing come Wednesday night.”

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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