Lakers vs.Thunder Game 5 (Third quarter, 8:33), Lakers 67, Thunder 39
After such a dominant first half by the Lakers, many were wondering: Is this game over or will there be the always possible erosion of play (see Game 4) over the next 24 minutes. Surely, the new-look Lakers can't blow a 21-point halftime lead, can they?
The teams traded free throws through the first minute, including two by Kobe Bryant. It was Bryant's seventh free-throw attempt this game, a far cry from the two he took the previous two games.
Things really started to look like a Lakers breeze when Pau Gasol finished a three-point play with a free throw to give the Lakers a 26-point lead. Thabo Sefolosha and Ron Artest taded threes and following a Thunder miss Andrew Bynum dunked after an Artest steal to give the Lakers a 28-point lead.
It's looking like the Thunder has resigned themselves to losing this game.
Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant looks for a block on Thunder guard Russell Westbrook as he helps teammate Derek Fisher on defense in Game 5 on Tuesday night. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times