April 22, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook (0) reacts after missing a shot at the buzzer for the first overtime against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center. Lakers won in double OT 114-106. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Lakers Vs. Thunder: Complete Western Semifinals Series Coverage

The Thunder are up 2-0 against the Lakers in this best of seven semifinal series. Stay tuned for the latest analysis and updates.

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Oklahoma City Thunder Show Teams How To Rebuild Through The Draft

The Thunder have been rebuilt from scratch in a matter of five seasons, almost exclusively via the NBA Draft. But following the OKC Model may be easier said than done.

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Thunder Vs. Lakers, NBA Playoffs 2012 Game 5 Final Score: OKC Advances With 106-90 Win

On Monday night, the Oklahoma City Thunder hosted the Los Angeles Lakers, knowing they would need just one more victory to advance to the Western Conference final. The Lakers were determined to try to prevent that from happening and did their best to stave off elimination but, in the end, the Thunder were too quick, too young and just too talented to be denied. The Thunder won Game 5 and clinched the series by a final score of 106-90.


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The Lakers trailed for much of the game but managed to keep things close and even took a lead for a brief time in the third quarter, but the Thunder buckled down and began to pull away. They just added to their lead throughout the fourth quarter and, before long, the Lakers were on the losing end of a blowout.

Kobe Bryant led all scorers with 42 points and, in typical Bryant fashion, zero assists. Russell Westbrook led all Thunder scorers with 28 points, while Kevin Durant had 25 points and 10 rebounds.

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Lakers Should Trade Andrew Bynum ... So He Doesn't Go To Waste

Trade Andrew Bynum? If the All-Star center ever wants to truly blossom, he needs teammates who won't ignore him in the fourth quarter of must-win games. He needs to get away from Kobe Bryant.

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KD Comes Through, Kobe Breaks Down And The Thunder Are Up 2-0

Kobe Bryant couldn't come through for the Lakers in Game 2, and Kevin Durant was the star instead as the Thunder rallied late and took 2-0 series lead.

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Kobe Bryant's Clutch Reputation Turns Lakers Upside Down

The Lakers wanted to go to Kobe Bryant late ... as always. So when Metta World Peace made a better play that resulted in a Steve Blake miss, Kobe's reputation became more important than smart improvisation. It's not a good look.

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The Thunder Are All Grown Up

The Thunder sent a message in Game 1 Monday night, and after a 29-point blowout, Kobe Bryant and the Lakers heard it loud and clear. So did the rest of the NBA.

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Thunder Vs. Lakers, NBA Playoffs 2012 Game 1: Oklahoma City Beats Los Angeles By Final Score Of 119-90

On Monday night, the Oklahoma City Thunder hosted the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinals series. The Thunder jumped out in front early and the game turned into a veritable romp as Oklahoma City took the first game by a final score of 119-90.

The Lakers were trailing by 15 points at halftime, but things only got worse from there. While Los Angeles needed nothing more than to regroup and use their experience to take control, they instead fell behind by 30 points by the end of the third quarter. It was never close the rest of the way.

Andrew Bynum put up a big double-double for the Lakers, finishing with 20 points and 14 rebounds. Kobe Bryant had 20 points in the game. Russell Westbrook led all scorers with 27 points and Kevin Durant was close behind with 25. James Harden came off the bench for the Thunder to put up 17 points.

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Kendrick Perkins Injury: Thunder Center Will Play, No Minutes Restriction Vs. Lakers

Thunder center Kendrick Perkins, who injured his hip in Game 4 of Oklahoma City's first-round series, will play in Game 1 of their second-round series against the Lakers. Perkins played in just eight minutes of the close-out game against the Mavericks, but will not be limited Monday against Los Angeles.

Perkins started 65 games for the Thunder during the regular season and all four games in their first-round series against Dallas. In 26.8 minutes per game during the regular season, Perkins averaged 5.1 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.

Game 1 of Oklahoma City's game against Los Angeles will tip off at 10:30 p.m. ET and can be seen on TNT.

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NBA Playoffs Schedule: Lakers Vs. Thunder Tips Off On Monday, Features Back-To-Back

The Lakers advanced to meet the Thunder in the second round of the NBA Playoffs. That series begins on Monday.

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