Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 101-94 victory over Thunder
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--The Times' Mike Bresnahan details Kobe Bryant's leadership during the Lakers' 101-94 victory Monday over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding highlights the Lakers' intensity against OKC.
--The Oklahoman's John Rohde faults the Thunder's poor shooting in its loss to the Lakers.
--The Daily Breeze's Elliott Teaford credits the Lakers' late-game defense against the Thunder.
--The Times' Bresnahan notes Ron Artest's joke about using his rescinded fine money to buy In-N-Out Burgers.
--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Jim Alexander features all of Artest's weird comments before the game.
--The Oklahoman's Rohde credits Russell Westbrook for managing 32 points despite playing with a bruised right foot.
--The Daily Breeze's Teaford also highlights Artest's take on the rescinded fine.
--The Times' Broderick Turner details Derek Fisher's improved shooting performance against the Thunder.
--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr notes the Lakers' promotional deal involving giving Laker fans to chance to watch a game courtside with executive vice president Jeanie Buss.
--Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe breaks down the Western Conference playoff picture.
--Sports Illustrated's Britt Robson ranks the Lakers at No. 3.
--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande wonders if the Thunder could ever win a playoff game at Staples Center.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin argues the Lakers' win against the Thunder was the most impressive of the season.
--Fox Sports' Billy Witz argues the Lakers' experience still trumps over the Thunder's youth.
--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer dissects the Lakers-Thunder box score.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky features Lakers' post-game video.
--ESPN Los Angeles' McMenamin breaks down the Lakers' victory.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell details the game in a running diary.
--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore explains how the Lakers absorbed Russell Westbrook's production.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Jeff Skibiski credits the Lakers' balance.
--The Daily Thunder's Royce Young criticizes OKC's three-point shooting.
--Lakers Nation's Nadya Avakian looks ahead to the rest of the team's schedule.
Tweet of the Day: "Day 6 or rehab a week outa surgery.. Evrythings going really well. Can't put my finger on when exactly ill be back BUT I'm pretty sure ... I won't b out the full 8weeks ... Mayb I stated that wrong, ill b bak when I'm a %100 & I dnt think it'll take me 8weeks.. Im n great hands with Judy @ the Kerlan Jobe center" -- Matt_Barnes22 (Lakers forward Matt Barnes)
Reader Comment of the Day: "Great game for Fish! I love the guy, but it has been hard watching him play for most of the year. Vintage D-Fish! That was a tough game! The Lakers played like they gave a crap. I like the on-court communication. Ron has his groove on. He played awesome D. Durant wasn’t going to light him up at Staples. Excellent! Pau woke up in the second half. When Kobe and Pau get it going at the end of games, they are almost impossible to stop. Drew got in foul trouble but played well. Lamar was his usual great self – usual for this year. Blake hit a shot! And it was a three! Luke was awesome off the bench. He was the only bench player with a positive +/-. We hit our 3’s, they didn’t… ;-) I am a Lakerholic." -- Lakerholic
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Photo: Thunder forward Kevin Durant provides help defense on Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, who was forced to pass on this drive in the first half Monday night. Credit: Alex Gallardo / Associated Press