Feb 23, 2012; Oklahoma City OK, USA; Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) drives to the basket during the first quarter against Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden (13) at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Richard Rowe-US PRESSWIRE

Lakers Vs. Thunder: OKC Pulls Away For 100-85 Win

The Oklahoma City Thunder blew open their matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers in the second half, cruising to a 100-85 win.

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Lakers Vs. Thunder Final Score: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook Lead OKC To 100-85 Win

It looked like the Los Angeles Lakers were poised to head into the break with a lead over the Oklahoma City Thunder after both teams struggled throughout the first half. In an instant, though, the tide turned, with Russell Westbrook hitting a three to give the Thunder the lead and Kevin Durant stealing the inbound pass and draining a buzzer beater to extend the advantage. Perhaps it was a sign of things to come.

The Thunder turned a three-point halftime advantage into a double-digit lead in the second half as the Lakers faded. Los Angeles was never able to answer the tandem of Westbrook and Durant, and the result was a comfortable 100-85 win.

Durant led the way for the Thunder with 33 points on 12-of-22 shooting. Westbrook was the sidekick, adding 19 points and six assists. James Harden played a supporting role off the bench, scoring 16 points in the win.

For the Lakers, it was Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and little else. Bryant scored a team-high 24 points on 7-of-25 shooting, but did most of his damage from the line, where he was 10-of-11. Gasol added 22 points and 12 rebounds, with Andrew Bynum also finishing in double-figures, scoring 14 points.

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