Thunder-Lakers: The Lakers played Game 2 the way they wanted, until it all came undone

THUNDER 77, LAKERS 75 — Kobe Bryant on Metta World Peace's decision to pass to a wide-open Steve Blake in the corner instead of Bryant in the far corner: “I'm not sure what Metta saw.”
By JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: May 17, 2012

The Los Angeles Lakers got what they wanted in Game 2 against the Thunder on Wednesday night.

Keep the game in the 90s or lower – nothing in triple-digits – implored Lakers forward Pau Gasol after getting shellacked 119-90 in Game 1 on Monday.

"Foul them a couple more times (and hope) the refs won't call it," Kobe Bryant suggested on Tuesday, evidently not kidding.

Slow down the tempo and throw in some missed open jumpers from the home team and, presto, the series would be tied at 1-1.

Instead, the game went presto-chango.

With two minutes left in the game, the Thunder had scored just 68 points and the Lakers led by seven.

In the final two minutes, OKC outscored the Lakers 9-0 and won 77-75 in front of a frenzied sellout crowd of 18,203 at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The 77 points were the fewest the Thunder has scored in a victory since arriving in Oklahoma City from Seattle in July 2008.

An ugly game could have been a picture-perfect victory for the Lakers.

Instead, they trail 2-0 going into Game 3 at 9:30 p.m. Friday at Staples Center.

"We're pretty disappointed because we played a really good game to get that lead," Lakers guard Steve Blake said afterward. "They took it from us, but we gave it away at the same time. We've got to be more solid down the stretch."

In typically perplexing fashion, Lakers forward Metta World Peace said: "We'll be all right. We had a lot of good things happen tonight. I don't want to say exactly what happened."

The somewhat inexplicable happened:

- The Thunder scored just 18 points in the first 22 minutes of the second half. In Game 1, OKC scored 39 points in the third quarter alone.

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