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Metta World Peace
Los Angeles Lakers
Oklahoma City Thunder
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Lakers had the fight to the finish Friday night in Game 3 of their NBA playoff series against Oklahoma City that they lacked in Game 2. The Lakers rallied from a five-point deficit in the final minutes and earned a 99-96 victory over the Thunder, avoiding the so-far-always deadly 3-0 series deficit. Kobe Bryant scored 36 points, hitting all 18 of his free throw attempts -- including two clutch ones after drawing a foul on Russell Westbrook with 33.8 seconds left. Those free throws offset a Kevin Durant jumper just before and gave the Lakers a 95-94 lead. The Thunder tried to go back to Durant but couldn't get the lead back again. Durant had one more chance in the final seconds but missed a 3-pointer that could've forced overtime. Durant had 31 points on 12-of-23 shooting from the field and 6-of-6 shooting from the foul line. But Oklahoma City's 26-of-28 free throw shooting wasn't nearly as prodigious as the Lakers' 41-of-42...
BEST OF MAXIM
Metta World Peace is at it again. The Lakers forward got into a brief scuffle with another Thunder player during Friday night's Game 3, even if this incident wasn't quite as brutal as the elbow he delivered to James Harden a few weeks ago. World Peace and Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook both chased after a loose ball during the second quarter of Friday's game. The...
It would appear that the longer the Thunder stick around in the playoffs, the more ridiculous outfits we are going to see from Russell Westbrook. He has already made the Steve Urkel glasses a wardrobe mainstay, but Westbrook is obviously aiming to outdo himself with crazy shirts and now fruity pants. After the Thunder won Game 1, Westbrook took the podium wearing this masterpiece...
OKLAHOMA CITY Thunder forward Kevin Durant had been over-passing all night, frustratingly so, giving the ball up on much easier shots than this obstacle course that lay ahead of him now.
So pass seemed like a good guess.
Instead, KD drove. He drove without fear of what if, without doubt of himself, without the burden of previous failures which do exist. It ended with him floating...
Kevin Durant is making clutch shot after clutch shot in these 2012 playoffs. Last night was no different as Durant’s last second three gave the Thunder the win. Durant is making his case that he is the best player NBA .
With the game tied at 98 Durant intercepted a bad pass from Pau Gasol. Then it was time for Durant to do his thing on the offensive end. Durant...
Last night, the Los Angeles Lakers stayed alive in their series with the Oklahoma City Thunder by winning game three by the score of 99-96 as the series shifted to the City of Angels.
In the second quarter of the game, Lakers forward Metta World Peace had another incident with a Thunder player as he attempted to get a loose ball from OKC guard Russell Westbrook.
BIG MIX UP
The Western Conference semifinals matchup between the Lakers and Oklahoma City traveled to Los Angeles for Game 3 and of course it wouldn’t be a game at the Staples Center without Metta World Peace getting physical. To be fair, Russell Westbrook overreacted or if you prefer to use the words “spazzed out” over the incident. Both were [...]
Although the Los Angeles Lakers won game 3 99-96 Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant had the play of the night.
Late in the 2nd quarter Kendrick Perkins set a pick for Durant and the three point line and Durant did the rest. Durant drove the middle of the lane and threw and dunk down on the Lakers Jordan Hill. Durant threw down a monster dunk with his right hand...
Even though Kevin Durant was the Oklahoma City Thunder player who finished second in the NBA MVP voting, it was Russell Westbrook who really crushed the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. So the Lakers came back in Game 2 Wednesday night with a new plan against Westbrook: No more Kobe Bryant trying to stay in front of Westbrook and fight solo through...
If the Lakers had any hope at this series it dissapeared last night with this shot. Maybe if Mike Brown wasn’t the Coach then I would have some faith that Kobe could go all Kobe, but until The Black Mamba officially becomes the player-coach – the Lakers are going to find themselves going through stretches like they did in the end of the 4th quarter.
Can anyone explain to me...
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Lakers had the fight to the finish Friday night in Game 3 of their NBA playoff series against Oklahoma City that they lacked in Game 2. The Lakers rallied from a five-point deficit in the final minutes and earned a 99-96 victory over the Thunder, avoiding the deadly 3-0 series deficit. Kobe Bryant scored 36 points, hitting all 18 of his free throw...
LOS ANGELES –The Lakers bench players either shook their heads in disbelief, let their jaws drop or tried to bury themselves in the palms on their hands as the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant drained a fatal 3-point blow to seal Game 4.
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The Thunder could have looked at Saturday's 13-point deficit with eight minutes left and mentally checked out. A loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 4 wouldn't have been the end of the world. After all, Oklahoma City would have headed home with the series tied 2-2 knowing that it could advance without having to win a game at Staples Center. But the Thunder didn't...
The stars are going to be stars in the Thunder-Lakers series. Oklahoma City fields All-Stars in Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, while Los Angeles suits up Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum. The difference in the Western Conference semifinals could end up being the ancillary pieces. The rotation for Thunder coach Scott Brooks is legitimately 10 deep and he doesn't...
The stars are going to be stars in the Thunder-Lakers series. Oklahoma City fields All-Stars in Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, while Los Angeles suits up Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum.
The difference in the Western Conference semifinals could end up being the ancillary pieces. The rotation for Thunder coach Scott Brooks is legitimately 10 deep and he doesn't mind...