Originally posted on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 5/17/12

Every morning, we'll give you five things from the night before in the NBA to start your day.

1: So much KG

Kevin Garnett has been in the league 17 years. Anfernee Hardaway and Vin Baker were All Stars when he broke into the league. John Stockton & Karl Malone were still playing. I think you get the point. KG's been around a while.

Keep that in mind if you catch highlights of Kevin Garnett decimating the young Philadelphia 76'ers with a barrage of jumpers and post moves in a 107-91 win. A game after essentially ending any hopes of a Celtics comeback with a costly offensive foul, Garnett torched Philly with 13 of Boston's 36 second quarter points. It's very possible Spencer Hawes woke up in a cold sweat yelling "NO PLEASE NO MORE KG!"

The Celtics got 74 points out of KG, Rajon Rondo and Paul Pierce. After scoring 24 points combined in the two middle quarters in Game 2, the Celtics scored 61 (to Philly's 33) to put the game away. I'm not sure we can expect this level of domination from Boston moving forward (they're usually only good for one of these per series), but they sure served notice last night that they can turn it on if they want to.

2: Not enough Kobe

Kobe Bryant hasn't played particularly well against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Thabo Sefolosha does a pretty good job of making Kobe Bryant work as hard as possible for the shots and points he gets. Last night, Kobe made some uncharacteristic mistakes down the stretch, which helped fuel a 9-0 Oklahoma City run to end the game... and beat LA 77-75.

Kobe's last points came with 6:43 left in the game. After that, there were four missed shots, a foul, and a turnover. Kobe was trying to will himself a chance to beat the Thunder with the clock ticking down, but a brilliantly timed foul by Sefolosha re-set the play and Kobe never touched it again. Instead, with the Thunder's focus completely on not letting Kobe do Kobe things again, Steve Blake got a wide open look from the corner that missed.

Now the Lakers are down 2-0 and face a worst-case scenario: After letting Denver hang around to 7 games, the weary Lakers MUST take back-to-back games from the well-rested and young Thunder to have a realistic chance at winning the series. Losing even one of these games and going down 3-1 with two more games still to play would be certain playoff death for LA.


How the hell did Kevin Durant make this shot?



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