Found May 17, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Los Angeles Lakers gave everything they had, and it still wasn't enough. The Oklahoma City Thunder outlasted the Lakers 77-75 in a hard-fought, defensive battle in Game 2 on Wednesday night inside Chesapeake Energy Arena. Kevin Durant hit a baseline runner for the go-ahead bucket with 18.6 seconds to go, then made a foul shot with 0.3 seconds remaining for the game's final margin. The Thunder took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal series. Games 3 and 4 will be Friday and Saturday in Los Angeles. Durant finished with a game-high 22 points and added seven rebounds and five assists. Teammate Russell Westbrook added 15 points, and James Harden scored 13 off the bench for the Thunder. Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum led the Lakers with 20 points apiece. Pau Gasol chipped in 14 points and 11 rebounds. After Durant's go-ahead shot, Lakers guard Steve Blake missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer from the right corner. ...
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