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2010 NBA Playoffs: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, First Round, Game 4

Information about game 4 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 - 2 Oklahoma City Thunder

GAME 4: L.A. Lakers 89 - Oklahoma City Thunder 110

Leaders Points Rebounds Assists
Lakers Bynum/Gasol: 13 Bynum: 10 Bryant: 4
Thunder Durant: 22 Green: 9 Westbrook: 6
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Tot
LAL 17 25 22 25 89
OKC 29 26 31 24 110
click for Lakers 2010 Playoff pictures (LA Daily News), First Round vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Game 4
Picture Gallery (LAT)

April 24 - Oklahoma City. This is not what you would expect between the defending champions and the youngest team ever to make the playoffs. The Thunder outrunned, outrebounded, outscored and basically embarrassed the Lakers. At the end the score showed a 110-89 victory for the Thunder, but it really could have been worst.

Kevin Durant scored 22 points and Russell Westbrook added 18, 8 rebounds and 6 assist to lead a team that is showing that they future is bright but also their present is pretty good. Good enough to tie their first round series with the L.A. 2-2

Despite the presence of L.A.'s too big men Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum (13 points each) the Thunder controlled the boards for the second consecutive game with collective work and a lot of enthusiasm.

Kobe Bryant, who clearly is not one hundred percent healthy didn't took a field goal for 15 minutes and his late game heroics had no place on this game since Oklahoma closed the first quarter with a 14-3 run to took absolute control of the situation and led by double digits all the way until the end. Bryant, Gasol, Fisher and Artest spent the fourth quarter on the bench.

Odom who hasn't been a factor so far in the series had 12 points and Artest had only 5 on 2-for-9 shooting. Artest still haven't found his shooting touch from long distance. He missed all his four 3-point attempts, and has missed 20 of 23 in the series (13%) after missing all four from long distance Saturday

Game 5 will be played at L.A. where the Lakers will try to regain their composure and use their experience to avoid being the exception to the rule: Phil Jackson is 44-0 when his team wins Game 1 of any playoff series and only 3 of 52 eighth-seeded teams have ever pulled an upset against a No. 1 seed.

The Quotes

Phil Jackson (LAL Coach): "There's not much to say about this game. They took it to us. Even their free-throw defense was great tonight."

Kobe Bryant (Lakers): "I was managing the game exactly how I wanted to. Unfortunately, it got away from us, By them getting out in transition and getting those buckets, I wasn't able to do what I normally do at the end of the game and close games out."... "Our expectation is we wanted to win both of these games and be done with it. I think that's every team's mindset coming on the road being up 2-0, It's not the reality of the situation. We've got a tough fight, and it should be fun."

Brook Scott (Thunder Coach): "This is as big as a game can possibly be. You're playing against one of the best teams in the playoffs on your home floor. Like I told the guys after the game, the Lakers did a good job the first two games. They took care of their home court. We did the same thing."

Kevin Durant (Thunder): A lot of people didn't expect us to be here and once we got here, people were saying we were going to get swept and a lot of different things. We knew what we were capable of and how hard we play every day and how hard we practice every day. With those attributes, I think that we can go far as a team. It's all on us. We control our own destiny at this point."

Highlights

Los Angeles Lakers Oklahoma City Thunder
Leaders: Pts Reb Ast St Bl More
Andrew Bynum 13 10 1 - 3  
Pau Gasol 13 4 3 - -  
Lamar Odom 12 6 1 2 1  
Kobe Bryant 12 3 4 - -  
Derek Fisher 11 4 3 1 -  
Leaders: Pts Reb Ast St Bl More
Kevin Durant 22 4 1 - 2  
R. Westbrook 18 8 6 - -  
Jeff Green 15 9 2 - -  
James Harden 15 5 4 2 1  
Eric Maynor 13 3 1 - -  

Complete Boxscore

LOS ANGELES LAKERS
Starters Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Ron Artest, SF 29 2-9 0-4 1-2 1 2 3 1 0 0 0 3 -15 5
Pau Gasol, PF 30 5-10 0-0 3-6 0 4 4 3 0 0 2 2 -22 13
Andrew Bynum, C 30 5-10 0-0 3-4 3 7 10 1 0 3 1 4 -19 13
Kobe Bryant, SG 32 5-10 1-1 1-2 1 2 3 4 0 0 3 3 -14 12
Derek Fisher, PG 29 4-7 3-6 0-2 0 4 4 3 1 0 2 1 -15 11
Bench Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Lamar Odom, PF 23 6-12 0-1 0-2 2 4 6 1 2 1 0 5 -17 12
Josh Powell, C 8 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 3 +9 0
Luke Walton, SF 9 1-3 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 0 1 2 -5 2
Shannon Brown, PG 21 2-8 0-3 6-6 1 1 2 2 1 0 1 5 -9 10
Adam Morrison, SF 4 2-3 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 +4 4
D.J. Mbenga, C 5 1-3 0-0 1-1 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 1 +7 3
Jordan Farmar, PG 20 1-7 0-5 2-3 0 2 2 2 0 0 1 1 -9 4
Totals 34-82 4-22 17-28 10 33 43 19 4 4 11 30   89
Percentages:   41.5% 18.2% 60.7%
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER
Starters Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Jeff Green, F 38 5-17 2-7 3-4 3 6 9 2 0 0 0 2 +21 15
Kevin Durant, SF 31 6-12 1-4 9-11 1 3 4 1 0 2 4 3 +19 22
Nenad Krstic, C 21 2-8 0-0 3-3 2 2 4 0 1 1 1 3 +11 7
Thabo Sefolosha, SG 24 1-1 0-0 3-3 1 6 7 1 1 1 0 2 +7 5
Russell Westbrook, PG 29 6-11 0-0 6-6 2 6 8 6 0 0 0 0 +17 18
Bench Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Kevin Ollie, PG 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -7 0
Etan Thomas, C 5 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 -7 2
Nick Collison, PF 22 1-7 0-0 2-2 1 3 4 0 3 0 0 3 +17 4
Eric Maynor, PG 19 3-5 1-3 6-7 0 3 3 1 0 0 1 1 +4 13
James Harden, G 24 3-6 2-4 7-8 0 5 5 4 2 1 1 6 +13 15
Serge Ibaka, PF 16 3-5 0-0 2-2 3 3 6 0 1 2 0 3 +14 8
B.J. Mullens, C 4 0-2 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -4 1
Totals 31-76 6-18 42-48 13 37 50 15 8 7 8 23   110
Percentages: 40.8% 33.3% 87.5%

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