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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 95-94 Game 6 victory over Oklahoma City

May 1, 2010 |  9:38 am

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Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan details Pau Gasol's game-winning shot in the Lakers' 95-94 Game 6 victory Friday over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding relives how the Lakers delivered a knockout punch to OKC.

--The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry details the frustrations Thunder forward Kevin Durant felt after the Lakers eliminated OKC.

--NBA.com's Randy Renner details Gasol's late-game heroics.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford reports that the Lakers believe their competitive first-round series with Oklahoma City will ultimately benefit them beginning with their Western Conference semifinal matchup with the Utah Jazz.

Notebooks

--The Times' Bresnahan explains why Lakers Coach Phil Jackson considered Gasol the team's MVP toward the end of the season.

--The Times' Broderick Turner highlights the approach Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook took in Game 6.

--The Oklahoman's Mike Baldwin details how OKC tried to overcome a slow start.

--The Orange County Register's Ding reports Lakers center Andrew Bynum will have an MRI on Saturday to determine the extent of the damage on his hyperextended right knee.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Gregg Patton highlights the Lakers' strong history in closing out games.

--The Daily News' Teaford features Jackson's take on the Thunder's fan base and on LeBron James winning the league MVP.

Columns

--The Times' Bill Plaschke argues the Lakers don't have what it takes to beat the Orlando Magic or Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.

--The Times' Mark Heisler believes the Lakers' experience proved to be a huge factor in their first-round series with the Thunder.

--The Orange County Register's Ding believes Ron Artest made the difference in the Lakers' first-round series against Oklahoma City.

--NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper details the hurdles the Lakers had to overcome to win the series.

--Sports Illustrated's Frank Hughes gives his nuts-and-bolts breakdown of Game 6.

--ESPN Los Angeles Arash Markazi explains how Westbrook's fallen friend inspires him.

--ESPN Los Angeles Dave McMenamin argues the Lakers' defense made the difference against the Thunder.

--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller argues the Lakers ruined the Thunder's fairy tale.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Patton says the Lakers did just enough to get the win.

--Fox Sports' Charley Rosen argues the Lakers featured many contributions.

--The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel believes the Thunder has a bright future.

--The Orange County Register's Randy Youngman gives his take on the speculation regarding Jackson's coaching future.

--Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski argues Kobe Bryant delivered a stern message to the league that he'll maintain a dominant imprint on the game.

Blogs

--The Daily Thunder enjoyed Oklahoma City's playoff run while it lasted.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky credits the Lakers' bench

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius breaks down the keys to the game.

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark highlights Gasol's big moment.

Lakers-Jazz links

--The Times' Lisa Dillman details how the Jazz has gotten by without an injured Mehmet Okur.

--The Salt Lake City Tribune's Ross Siler explains why Utah has struggled recently against the Lakers. Siler also predicts the Lakers will take the series in six games.

Tweet of the Day: "The joys of traveling. Got to sleep at 230 am after lakers won up at 430 am for flight to LA. Then go to lakers practice at 130 pm." -- BA_Turner (L.A. Times Lakers beat reporter Broderick Turner).

Reader Comment of the Day: "A nail-biting series but the BEST TEAM moves on. A Colossal ending by KB and Gasol although it was clearly a TEAM victory and everyone showed some heart!!!! Kudos to the young Thunder because they put up a good fight but it was LAKERS Night!!!!" -- Carlos DeeP

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers power forward Pau Gasol and point guard Derek Fisher react after Gasol made the winning basket with less than a second to play against the Thunder in Game 6 on Friday night in Oklahoma City. Credit: Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times.


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