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Thunder vs. Lakers: How do the rosters stack up?

John Rohde looks at the two teams' rosters now and in 2010 and recaps the teams' regular-season matchups.
BY JOHN ROHDE Published: May 13, 2012
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Key subs: F Matt Barnes (7.8 ppg; 5.5 rpg; 2.0 apg); G Steve Blake (5.2 ppg; 1.6 rpg; 3.2 apg); F Jordan Hill (5.0 ppg; 4.8 rpg; 0.7 bpg); G Andrew Goudelock (4.4 ppg; 0.8 rpg; 0.5 apg); F Devin Ebanks (4.0 ppg; 2.3 rpg; 0.5 apg); F Troy Murphy (3.2 ppg; 3.2 rpg; 0.9 apg); F Josh McRoberts (2.8 ppg; 3.4 rpg; 1.0 apg).

Thunder starters: G Russell Westbrook (23.6 ppg; 4.6 rpg; 5.5 apg); G Thabo Sefolosha (4.8 ppg; 3.0 rpg; .437 3FG); F Kevin Durant (28.0 ppg; 8.0 rpg; 3.5 apg); F Serge Ibaka (9.1 ppg; 7.5 rpg; 3.7 bpg); C Kendrick Perkins (5.1 ppg; 6.6 rpg; 1.1 bpg).

Key subs: G James Harden (16.8 ppg; 4.1 rpg; 3.7 apg); G Daequan Cook (5.5 ppg; 2.1 rpg; 0.3 apg); G Derek Fisher (4.9 ppg; 1.5 rpg; 1.4 apg); F Nick Collison (4.5 ppg; 4.3 rpg; 1.3 apg); C Nazr Mohammed (2.7 ppg; 2.7 rpg; 0.6 bpg).

2011-12 REGULAR SEASON

Thunder 100, Lakers 85 (Feb. 23, Chesapeake Energy Arena): In the last game before this year's All-Star break, the Thunder manhandled the Lakers as Kevin Durant had 33 points, Russell Westbrook scored 19 and James Harden had 16. Kobe Bryant had 24 points, but was 7 for 24 from the field. OKC and Miami had league-leading 27-7 records at the break. "It's cool that we're winning games, but we can't be complacent," Durant said.

Thunder 102, Lakers 93 (March 29, Staples Center): Trailing 30-18 after the first quarter, the Thunder held the Lakers to 63 points in the final three periods. Russell Westbrook had 36 points, five assists and one turnover. Kevin Durant had 21 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and two blocks. Andrew Bynum had 25 points and 13 rebounds for the Lakers. Kobe Bryant had 23 points and nine rebounds, but he shot 7 for 25 from the floor.

Lakers 114, Thunder 106 2OT (April 22, Staples Center): The Lakers rallied from an 18-point deficit in the second half for the victory, but the game was marred by a wicked elbow Metta World Peace landed on the left side of James Harden's face. Harden suffered a concussion and missed the final two regular-season games. World Peace was suspended seven games, missing the final regular-season contest and the first six playoff games.


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