Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/17/12

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.

The Lakers started the third quarter on a 6-0 run, erasing the three-point halftime deficit and taking a 51-45 lead 4 minutes, 10 seconds into the period. Los Angeles benefited again from working the ball inside to its big men for high-percentage shots. Gasol finished a feed from Bryant with a dunk, Bynum connected on a jump hook off a dish from Metta World Peace, and Gasol made a short runner to cap the quick spurt.

Durant ended the run with a fast-break dunk after Lakers guard Ramon Sessions missed a dunk at the other end. But the Thunder was hounded by a barrage of missed shots and more turnovers.

Oklahoma City shot just 4-for-15 in the third quarter and turned it over five times. It helped the Lakers come out of the period with a 63-60 lead.

Kendrick Perkins remained in his role as the Thunder's starting center despite re-injuring his ailing right hip early in the third quarter of Game 1. Perkins was listed as a game-time decision, but Thunder coach Scott Brooks announced 90 minutes prior to tip-off that Perkins would suit up and would not be under any restrictions.

Perkins battled Bynum valiantly, but Bynum was too much inside early on. Los Angeles' big man scored 10 of his 12 first-half points in the first quarter and added five rebounds before the break.

Still, the Thunder took a 48-45 lead at halftime after shooting 51.4 percent, the second time in as many games that Oklahoma City has connected on at least 50 percent of its shots in the opening half. The Thunder got 12 points from Westbrook and 10 points from Durant, who made all four of his shots in the half.

Bryant added 10 points for the Lakers, but was just 4-for-11 in the first half, which contributed to Los Angeles' 42.5 percent shooting.

Unlike Game 1, when the Thunder raced to a 15-point halftime lead, Oklahoma City couldn't run away from a more determined Lakers team early on. The Thunder's biggest lead in the first half was just seven points.

Much of that had to do with turnovers. After turning it over just four times in Game 1, the Thunder registered its fourth turnover with 1:52 remaining in the opening quarter. Oklahoma City had five turnovers, leading to eight Lakers points, by halftime.

NOTES: Bynum and Lakers forward Devin Ebanks were both fined by the league Wednesday. Bynum was fined $15,000 for failing to make himself available to the media following the Lakers' practice Tuesday. Ebanks was fined $25,000 for his actions following his ejection from the Lakers' 119-90 loss to the Thunder in Game 1. ... Bryant passed Shaquille O'Neal and moved into sole possession of third place on the all-time list of playoff games. Wednesday night was Bryant's 217th career playoff game. ... A combined 24 fouls were called in the first half, with 16 fouls being called in the second quarter alone.

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