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Lakers vs Oklahoma City: Lakers play strong defense in second half, beat Thunder

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Lakers 90, Thunder 87 (final)

The Lakers now have won four consecutive games, this time pulling out a victory over the Thunder in Oklahoma City because of a strong defensive stand in the final moments.

The Lakers held the Thunder to 31 points in the second half and forced Oklahoma City into two last-second missed three-pointers by Kevin Durant and James Harden that could have tied the score.

Kobe Bryant, still dealing with a sore right elbow from a bruised ulnar nerve (or funny bone) he suffered Friday night against the Clippers, had 17 points. It moved him past Elvin Hayes for seventh on the NBA's all-time scoring list with 27,320 points.

His 16-foot jumper gave the Lakers a 90-87 lead with 56.4 seconds left.

The Thunder called a timeout to set up a play.

Ron Artest stipped the ball away from Kevin Durant for a Thunder turnover, but Bryant missed an ensuing shot, giving the ball back to the Thunder with 25.2 seconds left.

But the Lakers stepped up on defense again.

Pau Gasol took a charge on Russell Westbrook with 17.3 seconds left.

However, the Lakers left the door open because Lamar Odom missed two free throws with 10.9 seconds left.

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Lakers-Thunder box score

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Lakers 72, Thunder 69 (end of third quarter)

The Lakers finally caught the Thunder to end the third quarter.

It took a Steve Blake three-pointer that gave the Lakers a three-point lead entering the fourth quarter.

The Lakers also managed to slow down Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook, who did not score in the third quarter after getting 17 points in the first half

Thunder 56, Lakers 51 (end of first half)

The trailed by 14 points in the second quarter but closed that gap to five points by halftime after Pau Gasol scored on a last-second basket.

Gasol led the Lakers with 13 points and six rebounds in the first half.

Kobe Bryant, who had six points on three-of-seven shooting from the field, was called for a technical foul with 59.8 seconds left in the second quarter.

Andrew Bynum provided a boost with 10 points on three-of-five shooting from the field while he was four of six from the free-throw line.

Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook was giving the Lakers trouble, making seven of 10 shots in the first half while scoring 17 points.

Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant, the NBA's leading scorer at 28.6 points a game, was held to 10 points on four-of-seven shooting.

Thunder 28, Lakers 22 (end of first quarter)

The Lakers started slow, trailing by 10 points early in the first quarter.

But that has been how the Lakers have operated all season when they play early games.

This one started at 11:30 a.m. Pacific time.

But the Lakers got it together behind Pau Gasol, who had 10 points in the opening quarter. He also picked  up two fouls in the first quarter.

Pregame

The last time the Lakers played the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Ford Center, Los Angeles won Game 6 of their first-round playoff series to advance to the Western Conference semifinals.

Kobe Bryant missed a shot, but Pau Gasol's last-second tip-in gave the Lakers the series-clinching victory.

The Lakers play a different Thunder team on Sunday.

Oklahoma City traded undersized power forward Jeff Green and lightweight center Nenad Krstic to the Boston Celtics for beefy center Kendrick Perkins and guard Nate Robinson.

Oklahoma City also acquired center Nazr Mohammed from Charlotte.

Perkins, who won't play for another two to three weeks while he recovers from a sprained left knee, and Mohammed give the Thunder more size to compete with the powerful front lines of the Western Conference contenders, including the Lakers with 7-foot starters Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol as well as top reserve Lamar Odom.

-- Broderick Turner, reporting from Oklahoma City

Photo: Lakers center Andrew Bynum blocks a shot by Thunder center Serge Ibaka in the first half Sunday. Credit: Mark D. Smith / US Presswire

 
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No need to watch this game. We already know the outcome. Lakers will lose by double figure against the Thunder. They never win in a noon game televised by ABC Channel 7 except for that lone win against the Celtics. Don't waste your time its a foregone results unless you believe that UFO really exist.

gasoft need to start dunking the ball more maybe he want
get all of his sissy layup block.i dont know why the part-time lakers coach dont coach more.well i guess pj is just waiting to retire.

AS I SAID ... LAKER NATION...WE GOT THIS!!!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMcYoMYOKIk&feature=related - Aint no Stopping Us Now – Luther Vandross

LAKERS WIN
NINOY FAIL
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

NINOY with the broken crystal ball. I'm glad I watched the game, not that I wouldn't have. 4 in a row baby!

Steve Javie needs to be more concerned with good officiating and less concerned with his ego. As much as Kobe got foul, he didn't have one single free throw, pathetic.

that was a little nerve-wrecking to say the least.... LO needs to learn a thing or two from Mr. Mamba


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and Mr. Ninoy, are we to now believe that UFO's do indeed exist?


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and Mr. Ninoy, are we to now believe that UFO's do indeed exist?Posted by: JPkb24 | February 27, 2011 at 02:19 PM
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It's to late...They've already beamed him up!!!

Steve Javie needs to be more concerned with good officiating and less concerned with his ego. As much as Kobe got foul, he didn't have one single free throw, pathetic.

Posted by: Laker J | February 27, 2011 at 02:18 PM

Amen, Laker J, Amen!!

The layup attempt on which Ibaka and Thabo tried to dismember Kobe WITH NO FOUL CALLED was as poor of a non-call as I have ever seen.

Why bother with kids like ninoy and bob t. By their posting you know they know little of the game. I have said for years that Steve J. has been around for a long time which is his only claim to fame. He is not and never will be a good referee. Many, many fouls against Kobe, never gets called. The is why he is picking up these -T-, which is not fair, but that is the NBA as long as we have Stu Jackson here. What a waste he has been.

It is only fitting that Ron Artest is a Laker. Just like the Lakers, every time you think Ron is finished, he rises up and plays one hell of a game. Great defense from Ron today. Kobe also played well defensively, particularly in the second half. That is what champions do....they find a way to contribute and win even when their offensive games aren't clicking.

Yes the Lakers Nation we got this and you can...Take that to the Bank -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiKvo_9feC4

Don't forget Andrew. He played a great, tough game. He should have been in at the end. Phil should have played LaMar on Durant with Kobe, Brown, Drew and Pau on the floor.

This game reminded me a lot the one in Boston.
Down by 14 in the 2nd quarter. Then in the 2nd half better on defense.
Those missed FTs by Lamar were unnecessary but we still got the win.
So a good win and a good performance by the team.

It's all about BUSINESS now...LAKE SHOW N EFFECT!

My menudo taste really good today, weird.


BYNUM QUIETS THUNDER !!!
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With 16 points, 1o rebounds, 2 assists, and at least 4 blocked shots, Andrew Bynum was the MVP of the Lakers 90-87 victory over the OKC Thunder. Drew’s intimidating shot blocking was the anchor to the Lakers great defensive effort, culminating in holding the Thunder to 31 points in the second half. ……
Obviously still bothered by injuries and guarded fiercely by the Thunder, Kobe Bryant had an off night by his lofty standards with a 17 points, 2 rebounds, and 7 assists. However, when the Lakers needed a clutch basket to hold off the Thunder, Kobe as usual delivered. I seriously don’t understand why Kobe does not get the same respect from the refs that Wade and LeBron do. That no call when Kobe was blasted at the rim could have easily been called a flagrant foul and Kobe was clearly hit on the elbow on his game winning shot. It’s time for Phil to bring up the subject in the media.
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If you only scanned the box score, you’d have thought that Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol had fairly equal games. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth. Pau went through a horrible period where he threw up weenie shots on offense and provided zero help defense. In this case, Drew’s +/- score of +16 and Pau’s -13 were spot on. I was actually surprised that Phil put Pau back in the game late in the fourth quarter, especially after Drew had played so much better throughout the game.
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Another great defensive job by Ron Artest, hounding Durant into an 8-20 shooting night with 5 turnovers and only 6 free throw attempts while hitting 50% of his shots to score 10 points. Fisher too had a solid game, scoring 6 points, dishing 3 dimes, and playing solid defense. In fact, I cannot ever remember the Lakers drawing three charging calls in a game. Tonight, Kobe, Pau, and Fish all drew charges on Westbrook. Combine that with Kobe’s clutch shooting, Drew’s half dozen blocks and good bench play from Brown and Blake and you have the perfect formula for beating the OKC Thunder.
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TOM


WHICH GAME WERE YOU WATCHING ???
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I thought Pau Gasol had a poor game, not attacking on offense and not helping on defense. Andy Kamenetzky must have been watching a different game because here’s his take on Pau’s game:

“It was a terrific all around game for El Spaniard, who was key in helping the Lakers remain in the game after the Thunder got off to a hot start. 13 points and six rebounds, with makes coming from inside, outside and all points in between. He finished the game with 18 points and 11 boards, five of which came on the offensive glass. His impact was also felt on the defensive end as well. Shots were contested, and he drew a massively important charge against Russell Westbrook under the rim with 17 seconds left in regulation.”
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TOM

No need to watch this game. We already know the outcome. Lakers will lose by double figure against the Thunder. They never win in a noon game televised by ABC Channel 7 except for that lone win against the Celtics. Don't waste your time its a foregone results unless you believe that UFO really exist.

Posted by: NINOY | February 27, 2011 at 12:19 PM
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This is what I call a "great-chance-to-stay-quiet" this guy missed....
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AS I SAID ... LAKER NATION...WE GOT THIS!!!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMcYoMYOKIk&feature=related - Aint no Stopping Us Now – Luther Vandross

Posted by: mamba24 | February 27, 2011 at 01:54 PM
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Larry, stop it now! You can't post this link more than twice a day, as Luther was/is probably the best f***** singer ever, and this video (I have it bookmarked on my favs) is simply AWESOME! Watching Luther on this video....he was so happy, on his prime, no weight problems, it was probably the last time I saw him so awesome, singing so great, the tune is amazing...It bring me tears of joy everytime I watch that...

So STOP IT SIR! It's just too much of good things...

Ok, let's get the party started:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0rOBKyEOIs
Betcha I can get this ring on my finger this season...

You know, after watching and evaluating the Lakers this season, I think we could win a 3rd Title in a row. I realize that we do have the pieces (although, would like some better 3pt shooting) to get it done. I am fairly critical of our PG's and Drew (I still would take Dwight yesterday, today and tomorrow), but I think it probably was good not to swap Drew for Melo (only Dwight or Drew's a keeper).

bronxlakersfan,

"It is only fitting that Ron Artest is a Laker. Just like the Lakers, every time you think Ron is finished, he rises up and plays one hell of a game."

Agreed.

I must admit that he does frustrate me at times, but then he somehow strips the ball with the game on the line.

The curious case of Ron Artest continues.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

LakerTom,

Again, expert analysis.

It was nice to see Andrew playing closer to what we know his potential is.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

Any news on a Kapono signing?

DBDH!

I thought each of the Lakers that played yesterday contributed something positive to the victory. A great team win. Drew had a strong double double with 16 & 10 and had 5 blocks to boot. The 2nd unit, spearheaded by Lamar kept the Lakers close in the 2nd Q. when OKC threatened to take over the game. Odom hit some big baskets and rebounded the ball well, getting some tough boards in traffic.

Ron and Kobe shut down Durant and Westbrook for long stretches. The OKC duo had good numbers, but were limited during the 2nd half and during crunch time. Like Kobe always says, defense is the key. Even though the Mamba struggled on offense, the Laker team defense proved to be the deciding factor in today' contest.

Larry, stop it now! You can't post this link more than twice a day, as Luther was/is probably the best f***** singer ever, and this video (I have it bookmarked on my favs) is simply AWESOME! Watching Luther on this video....he was so happy, on his prime, no weight problems, it was probably the last time I saw him so awesome, singing so great, the tune is amazing...It bring me tears of joy everytime I watch that... So STOP IT SIR! It's just too much of good things...Posted by: Magic Phil | February 27, 2011 at 03:29 PM
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Yes Sir!! You think maybe , Mamba24 got a touch carried away??
LMAO!!!! Carry On Sir!!

As much as I enjoy watching L O,thats why hes not an Allstar moments like today and the bleeping Spurs game,Black Mamba can only carry this team so far
on his back those back to back 3 pointers were mighty close,props on
Ron Artest for another stellar D on Durant last possession,Im beginning
to smell 3Peat Baby!!!

My menudo taste really good today. Posted by: Magia32 | February 27, 2011 at 02:51 PM
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Oh Thank God Magia!!! The entire Laker Nation was on pins amd needles worrying that it wouldn't!!!! Lol! Just playing with you my brother. Every thing taste better with victory!!

Yes the Lakers Nation we got this and you can...Take that to the Bank -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiKvo_9feC4

Posted by: mamba24 | February 27, 2011 at 02:36 PM
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Look mamba24, I like that guy but...Howard Hewitt was the real thing:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xz4YQZ01Q_A

The party at the Magic mansion is at full speed!
Carry on!

I hope that the NBA fines each of those three referees. It's one thing to "let 'em play" (I absolutely hate that phrase), but not calling a blatant foul like the one where Kobe was crushed by Thabo and Ibaka in the 4th Q. perverts the game. That was arguably a flagrant foul as well.

Javie clearly had an agenda vs. Kobe in this game. He seemed determined to give Kobe a T at some point. It's often said, especially by referee loving ABC announcer Mike Breen, that Javie is the best referee in the NBA. If such is the case, Mr. Javie certainly didn't display his talents during that game.

Graeat win. Let's hope they can undefeated the next 10 games against the top teams in the west.

OKC shot 61% in the first half, and finished the game shooting 45%. So the Lakers held OKC to around 29% shooting in the second half. It was all about the defense for the Lakers today. I guess someone remembered to flip the switch during the halftime break.

Anyone know what Kobe said to get the "T?"

NBA Refs, worst in Pro Sports!

I always thought MLB had the worst officials, you know, this guy calls the "high" strike zone, while the other call a "low" strike zone. The strike zone is the same according to the rules, but why bother with the rules, call em as you want em called, duh???

Lucky for other NBA coaches since PJ has been only a part-time coach otherwise he would have had 22 championships.

I haven't read the comments yet so pardon me if this stuff has already been posted. But why is LO going in to finish games and not Bynum? This has twice now that Lamar has proven he can't finish well under pressure. Granted, he's been the most consistent player all season but lets look at what could have happened had Bynum been in?
- A win against the Spurs? Bynum is a MUCH better rebounder and has 2 inches on Odom to get that rebound instead of the spurs tipping it in.
- At least one FT made tonight towards the end?
- Not a second chance at a 3pt shot by the Thunder?

Don't get me wrong, I love Lamar and everything he does for this organization but sometimes I really have to wonder why he's in there instead of AB.

Okay now that I've read the comments people seem to agree with me. And AB was having a great game so I dunno what PJ was thinking.
I've been so impressed with Artest lately. From banking all those 3s in Portland and playing great D as well, all the way up to the D he played tonight, not to mention he wasn't awful on offence either. I think he's come and risen to the challenge, and like Bronx said about him, thats what makes him a true Laker. (great comment btw my vote for RCOTD)

Sometimes I forget we actually know how to play D but when we do it's beautiful. I really enjoyed watching the 4th quarter of this game.

20 games ago we would have lost this game. Heck, 10 games ago we would have lost this game. Same with the one in Portland. As I was sitting in the stands I was so disappointed that we couldn't take advantage of our height and such, but we turned it around with less than 2 minutes left.

If we play like this the rest of the season, no one will be able to take that threepeat away from us.

So this clown Ninoy is back again,I thought his completely dissapear after Lakers dispatch his thunder in the playoff last year hahaha.Just let this haters do the talking as long as our Lakers do the work in court.Nice win as I say the pride and the swagger is back,as what they say dont under estimate the heart of the champion.

LakerTom,

I gotta say, my friend, that you were definitely viewing this game through Bynum-colored glasses.

I agree with you that Bynum was fantastic defensively -- except for the play in the first quarter where he and Kobe both stepped out on Westbrook, then Bynum let him step through the double-team right to the basket.

However, one thing Bynum needs to do is DUNK THE BASKETBALL. You note that Pau was throwing up "weenie shots"; I would argue that Bynum was doing the exact same thing in many instances. In fact, one weenie Bynum shot was easily pinned against the backboard for a clean block. If he had tried to dunk that ball, it would have been an easy and-one.

Bynum is huge. He's strong. He's got tremendously long arms. And for the life of me, I cannot understand why he throws up these soft shots near the rim. Dunk the damn ball, Bynum! Take your defender's hands with you along the way, and make the opponent scared to get in your way! For the Lakers to succeed in the playoffs, Bynum HAS to go strong to the rack.

Pau? He had a good game, not a great game. But his jumper has been money, and he's working hard around the basket. That offensive foul he picked up on
Westbrook near the end of the game was huge. I thought Pau had a very efficient game. Not as good as Friday, but good.

Go Lake Show!

Now I see fire in their eyes

Will somebody, anybody give Van Dummy a coaching job so he can stay off the airwaves and I can once again turn the volume on my tv up? Also did anyone notice that non-recap of the game by ABC-BSPN? Haters beware...I smell a threepeat and another June parade!

I don't know what games some of you are watching, but when I see Drew playing, he plays hard and effectively on both ends of the court. Sometimes the guards don't get the ball to him (or anyone on the front line), but that's not Drew's fault. He is a real defensive presence, and the team is significantly better with him. How anyone could suggest trading him for Melo (or for that matter, for anyone except perhaps Dwight Howard) puzzles me. Melo would have been a poor fit for the Lakers--he's basically another 3 (like Kobe). What the Lakers need are some better 1s and 2s--guys who can present a real outside shooting threat and who can defend quick guards.

Hola, Laker Amigos! Well, looks like the Lakers are finally getting serious about positioning for the playoffs. Game on, baby! Laker haters would be wise to lie low for the rest of the (no longer pre-) season and keep their not so prescient predictions to themselves. Our guys are in it to win it.

What this game confirmed, even at this early date, is that when it's "time" (i.e., 4th quarter, game in the balance, playoff positioning needed), the Lakers have the best team defense in basketball. Not just good. Not just one of the best...THE BEST. Better even than the Celtics. And Phil knows it. It explains why he's not been bothered in the least so far.

Fast, quick, young, high-flying team of opponents (Westbrook, Durant, Ibaka, Harden, etc.)? Too bad, young popguns. We're shutting you down in the 4th. No easy shots. No penetrations. No easy rebounds. No nothing. Oh, OK, you'll get a few craptastic no-calls by the refs when you hammer Kobe. But that's it. Enjoy.

Also, Laker Tom, Bynum's starting to finally "play big". He'll do you proud from this point on, I believe.

Diandra, as good as Bynum is becoming, I still agree with Phil's decision to play Lamar at the end of close games. The reason is that the game accelerates significantly and becomes much less structured. You want someone who can adjust quickly, slide, and close lanes up top, as well as rebound from all directions and transition. Lamar is perfect for just such situations.

Laker Amigos...LET'S RIDE!!!

Laker Tom,

Very correct about Kobe and officiating. I always had a beef with NBA superstar officiating - and the Lakers have benefitted in the past as well. 2 minutes to go, Lakers up back when we had Magic - game over. All he had to do was go to the rim and he was either going to score or get a call. Same with Bird and others - like Wade and LeBron as you mentioned. However, it is curious to me that Kobe does not get the same treatment. And of all the superstars - I would say the one distinguishing characteristic - good or bad about Kobe is he takes a high percentage of difficult and contested shots relative to other players near his level. So, it is highly curious to me why he doesn't get more calls. While I never liked superstar calls - select superstar calls is even worse.

As far as the comments on Bynum - he is clearly carrying too much weight for either his strength or the current condition of his knee. He has no pop in his jump. I hope he focuses on getting leaner and stronger in the future and regains the spring he had pre injury. While some of his bulk may be just his coming of age - I feel because he has clearly lost his spring, his current weight to strength ratio is off and he needs to fix this going forward. But - I think he played very well against the Thunder .

dkwsfo

Mr B must not be a lakers fan if he want and think fish and
luke is playing good ball and pau is not a softie.you can
allways tell the bloggers who is not a lakers fan because
they want to see fish and luke starts knowing all a lone they
play like crap.and should be benched or traded,oh i forgot
no other team wii want either one of them.go lakers keep
bynum in the game the fourth period along with pau softie.

WHAT EXACTLY DID KOBE SAY?? DOES ANYONE KNO>>??


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