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2010 NBA Playoffs: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, First Round, Game 2

Information about game 2 of the L.A. Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder series in the 2010 NBA Playoffs, with score, recap, pictures, stats, highlights, quotes and Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol performance.

Los Angeles Lakers

2010 NBA Playoffs First Round
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

Oklahoma City Thunder

Series Index:

Game 1: Lakers 87, Thunder 79 at Los Angeles   Game recap & pictures
Game 2: Lakers 95, Thunder 92 at Los Angeles Game recap & pictures
Game 3: Thunder 101, Lakers 96 at Oklahoma City   Game recap & pictures
Game 4: Thunder 110, Lakers 89 at Oklahoma City   Game recap & pictures
Game 5: Lakers 111, Thunder 87 at Los Angeles   Game recap & pictures
Game 6: Lakers 95, Thunder 94 at Oklahoma City   Game recap & pictures

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Los Angeles Lakers 2 - 0 Oklahoma City Thunder

GAME 2: L.A. Lakers 95 - Oklahoma City Thunder 92

Leaders Points Rebounds Assists
Lakers Bryant: 39 Gasol: 12 Artest: 4
Thunder Durant: 32 Durant: 8 Sefolosha/Westbrook: 3
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Tot
LAL 26 19 28 22 95
OKC 18 29 22 23 92
click for Lakers 2010 Playoff pictures (LA Daily News), First Round vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Game 2
Picture Gallery (LAT)

April 20 - Staples Center, Los Angeles. The Lakers didn't get intimidated by the 17 blocks they received and managed to get a win 95-92 over the Thunder to take a 2-0 control of the first-round series.

Despite playing with a broken finger, a sore knee and a bad ankle, Kobe Bryant made his first significant contribution in this 2010 playoffs, being aggressive offensively from the beginning and later scoring 15 of his 39 points in the fourth quarter. He made 12 of 28 shots and 13 of 15 free-throw attempts. Pau Gasol also had a big game and was the only other Lakers players in double digit scoring ending with 25 points and 10 rebounds. His contribution being not only important on the numbers but on his leadership and in the way he coordinates on offense with Kobe.

Kevin Durant, the youngest scoring leader ever got 32 points showing some of his excellent scoring skills but that number don't show how much his was bothered by Ron Artest defense. KD also added 8 rebounds and 4 blocks. Russell Westbrook, the Thunder's second scoring weapon got into early foul trouble which limited his minutes on the floor. He had 19 points and 6 rebounds.

Once again the Lakers dominated the first quarter, but this time the Thunder recovered fast in the second and sustained basically by their defense went to halftime leading 47-45. They had 9 of their 17 blocks in the first half. Serge Ibaka was who showed the way in that category and ended with 7 blocked shots.

It was a close game until the end with a lot of mistakes, turnovers and some hard fouls. The Lakers led most of the time but the Oklahoma was up three times in the fourth quarter and to make things more dramatic Kobe missed one of his free throws with 15 seconds left to leave the door open for the thunder with the L.A. up by two, 94-92. Durant missed a 3-pointer, and Gasol also missed one from the free throw line to give the Thunder a final chance to tie it. But everybody went after Durant and Jeff Green had no alternative but to take the final 3-point attempt and missed.

The Quotes

Phil Jackson (LAL Coach): "We still have to shoot much better to beat them in Oklahoma."

Kobe Bryant (Lakers): about playing game 3 at Oklahoma City "That place is going to be rocking and rolling, The last time we were there they did a number on us."

Scott Brooks (Thunder Coach ): "That was about as well as we can play and we came up a little short. Two games in a row we gave the effort defensively. We're still trying to figure out how to win these close games."

Kevin Durant (Thunder): "Our effort was phenomenal, how hard we played on the defensive end, A lot of people didn't even think we could play with these guys."

Highlights

Los Angeles Lakers Oklahoma City Thunder
Leaders: Pts Reb Ast St Bl More
Kobe Bryant 39 5 1 2 -  
Pau Gasol 25 12 2 - -  
Andrew Bynum 6 10 1 1 1  
Shannon Brown 6 1 - - -  
Derek Fisher 5 4 6 - -  
Leaders: Pts Reb Ast St Bl More
Kevin Durant 32 8 1 2 4  
R. Westbrook 19 6 3 1 1  
Jeff Green 12 4 2 1 -  
Nenad Krstic 10 5 1 - 2  
Serge Ibaka 6 5 - 1 7  

Complete Boxscore

OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER
Starters Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Jeff Green, F 41 2-11 1-6 7-7 0 4 4 2 1 0 1 4 -2 12
Kevin Durant, SF 41 12-26 3-6 5-6 2 6 8 1 2 4 8 3 0 32
Nenad Krstic, C 25 4-7 0-0 2-2 2 3 5 1 0 2 0 5 -4 10
Thabo Sefolosha, SG 30 2-7 0-3 3-4 1 3 4 3 3 1 0 4 +2 7
Russell Westbrook, PG 29 5-10 1-1 8-8 1 5 6 3 1 1 3 4 -2 19
Bench Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Nick Collison, PF 18 1-3 0-1 0-2 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 6 -8 2
Eric Maynor, PG 19 1-3 0-1 2-2 0 2 2 2 1 1 2 1 -1 4
James Harden, G 10 0-2 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 -6 0
Serge Ibaka, PF 28 2-5 0-0 2-2 1 4 5 0 1 7 3 3 +6 6
Kevin Ollie, PG DNP COACH'S DECISION
Etan Thomas, C DNP COACH'S DECISION
D.J. White, PF DNP COACH'S DECISION
Totals 29-74 5-19 29-33 7 30 37 13 9 17 17 30   92
Percentages: 39.2% 26.3% 87.9%
LOS ANGELES LAKERS
Starters Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Ron Artest, SF 41 2-10 1-6 0-0 2 2 4 4 4 2 2 2 0 5
Pau Gasol, PF 36 8-14 0-0 9-13 5 7 12 2 0 0 3 2 +5 25
Andrew Bynum, C 32 3-9 0-0 0-2 5 5 10 1 1 1 2 2 +7 6
Kobe Bryant, SG 41 12-28 2-5 13-15 1 4 5 1 2 0 4 4 -2 39
Derek Fisher, PG 32 2-10 1-5 0-0 1 3 4 6 0 0 3 6 -12 5
Bench Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Lamar Odom, PF 26 2-9 0-1 0-0 4 4 8 3 2 0 1 4 -1 4
Josh Powell, C 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -5 0
Luke Walton, SF 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 3 +2 0
Shannon Brown, PG 12 2-4 1-2 1-2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 +11 6
Jordan Farmar, PG 13 2-4 1-3 0-0 0 4 4 1 0 0 1 2 +10 5
Adam Morrison, SF DNP COACH'S DECISION
D.J. Mbenga, C DNP COACH'S DECISION
Totals 33-88 6-22 23-32 19 30 49 20 9 3 16 26   95
Percentages:   37.5% 27.3% 71.9%

 

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