National Basketball Association
Oklahoma City 77, L.A. Lakers 75
When: 9:30 PM ET, Wednesday, May 16, 2012
THUNDER 77, LAKERS 75
Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
#13 Monty McCutchen, #71 Rodney Mott, #23 Jason Phillips
: Kevin Durant knocked down the game-winning shot with 18 seconds left as Oklahoma City staged a furious late rally to open up a 2-0 lead in its Western Conference second-round series with Los Angeles.
Down by seven with 2:08 remaining, The Thunder responded with baskets from James Harden and Durant to close to within three. Harden then blocked a Kobe Bryant shot before racing down court and making a layup to trim the deficit to a single point.
After Bryant misfired on a 3-point attempt, Durant spotted up from seven feet and made a tough jumper to bring the capacity crowd at the Chesapeake Energy Arena to its feet. Los Angeles had a chance to regain the lead, but Steve Blake missed a wide-open 3-pointer with three seconds left and the Thunder snagged the rebound to put the game away.
Durant finished with 22 points while Russell Westbrook added 15 and Harden had 13 in a reserve role.
Bryant and Andrew Bynum poured in 20 points apiece for the Lakers, who host Game 3 on Friday night.
Trailing 48-45 at the half, the Lakers put together their best defensive quarter of the playoffs to surge ahead. Oklahoma City went more than 4 1/2 minutes before scoring its first basket of the frame, then was held without a field goal for the final 2:43.
The Lakers also struggled on offense in that stretch, but did just enough in the late going to take the lead. Bryant's short jumper with 1:37 left put the Lakers in front by a single point, and Blake added two free throws as Los Angeles went into the fourth quarter ahead 63-60.
The advantage grew to six on a Metta World Peace free throw with 7:26 remaining, and Bynum knocked down a seven-footer with just over two minutes left - at the end of another lengthy stretch of scoreless basketball by the Thunder - to make it 75-68 and set the stage for the wild finish.
The Lakers' bench managed just 11 points. ... Bryant was visibly disgusted in the team huddle after Blake missed his wide-open go-ahead attempt. Blake shot just 1 for 5 on the night. ... The Thunder limited the Lakers to just five fast-break points but were outscored in the paint by a 46-34 margin. ... Thunder F Serge Ibaka had eight points and a game-high seven blocked shots.
Top Game Performances
Kobe Bryant 20
Kevin Durant 22
Kobe Bryant 4
Kevin Durant 5
Pau Gasol 11
Kevin Durant 7
Andrew Bynum 4
||Free Throws Made
James Harden 6
Kobe Bryant 4
Kevin Durant 2
Andrew Bynum 2
Serge Ibaka 7
Team Stats Summary
Oklahoma City will play their next game on the road against L.A. Lakers. The Thunder have a W/L % of .667 after a win and .833 after a loss.
L.A. Lakers will play their next game at home against Oklahoma City. The Lakers have a W/L % of .585 after a win and .680 after a loss.