Found May 17, 2012 on USA Sports 360:

Kevin Durant showed Kobe Bryant and the Lakers no matter what the score is the Thunder is never out of the game. Durant and Westbrook gave the Lakers plenty to deal with last night, they also handed the Lakers their second loss in this round of the NBA play-offs. Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Russel Westbrook scored 15 points had 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Westbrook was able to score when it mattered the most. The Lakers never could get the momentum to turn in their favor, when they tried Durant and Westbrook would pull off a huge play.

The Thunder would get 13 points from James Harden who has been solid throughout the play-offs for Oklahoma this year. Harden give the Thunder a weapon that comes off the bench and has the ability to change the game. The Thunder have to have the Lakers feeling the pressure now with two wins. The Lakers and the Thunder provided one heck of a good play-off game and I think game three will be more of the same.


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