March 29, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook (0) guards Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) during the second half of the game at the Staples Center. Thunder won 102-93. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE
The two teams start what could be an extremely dramatic second-round series on Monday.
There's no rest for the weary in the NBA Playoffs, as the LA Lakers have to travel to Oklahoma City to play the Thunder on Monday night, only two days after their dramatic Game 7 home victory over the Denver Nuggets.
Much of the intrigue surrounding the game will revolve around Metta World Peace, who made headlines by declaring he wouldn't shake hands with James Harden despite nearly decapitating him with an elbow in their last encounter.
Oklahoma City, with one of the loudest and most boisterous crowds in the NBA, will undoubtedly be ready for the Lakers.
LA will have to withstand an early surge from the Thunder, who will be looking to turn the tables and avenge a 2010 first-round defeat.
The faster the pace of the game the better it will be for Oklahoma City, as it has a clear edge in athleticism at nearly every position on the floor.
The 9:30 p.m. Eastern game will be broadcast nationally on TNT.