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Lakers expect series against Thunder to be defensive

April 21, 2010 |  1:43 pm


The Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder have been playing tough defense in the Western Conference first-round playoff opener.

Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said he expected the best-of-seven series his team led 2-0 to be the same way for however the series lasted.

Games 3 and 4 are in Oklahoma City on Thursday and Saturday night, respectively.

The Lakers are holding the Thunder to 85.5 points per game and 39.2% shooting in the first two games.

The Thunder is holding the Lakers to 91 points and 39.7% shooting.

"I think both teams have shown defensively that they are very aggressive, very active," Jackson said after practice Wednesday before the Lakers boarded their 2 p.m. flight to Oklahoma City. "That seems to be the theme of this playoffs right now."

Kobe Bryant, who is averaging 30 points on 38.3% shooting in the first two playoffs games, is closing in on another milestone.

Bryant is 16 points shy of tying former Laker Jerry West (4,457 points) for the franchise's all-time leading playoff scorer.

If Bryant (4,441) surpasses West, he'll become the NBA's fifth all-time scorer in the playoffs.

Andrew Bynum didn't practice Wednesday because of soreness in his left Achilles' tendon. Bynum, who missed the last 13 regular-season games recovering from the injury, got treatment and said he will play.

-- Broderick Turner

Photo: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots over Kevin Durant #35, Russell Westbrook #0, and Serge Ibaka #9 of the Oklahoma City Thunder during Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs on April 20, 2010 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers won 95-92. Credit: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images