Read about the Lakers vs. Thunder as it unfolds. As always, feel free to refresh your browser for live updates throughout the game … On second thought, I guess they wouldn’t technically be “live” updates since you have to press refresh. But whatever.
Lakers: Pau Gasol
Thunder: Ryan Bowen, Byron Mullens, Kyle Weaver
Lakers: Derek Fisher, Kobe Bryant, Ron Artest, Lamar Odom and Andrew Bynum
Thunder: Russell Westbrook, Thabo Sefolosha, Kevin Durant, Jeff Green, Nenad Krstic
Phil Jackson Pregame
The gist of Jackson’s pregame was to update Kobe Bryant’s health (fever subsided, will start) and address Gasol’s hamstring (MRI still pending, won’t play).
11:46 Does Kobe Bryant play better when he’s not feeling great? He started the game be going straight to the hoop, drawing a foul for two free throws, though he did air ball his second shot. No matter as Bynum followed with a baby hook, Odom offensive boarded that Bryant miss for an Artest three and Bynum ooped off Kobe’s alley for a quick 9-0 lead two minutes into the game.
5:00 Keeping the Thunder in the game early was Jeff Green, the former No. 5 overall pick, who hit three rather uncontested threes to pull OKC within seven at 22-15. Bynum was very effective underneath, converting 4-of-5 shots including two dunks. In related news, Bynum is tall.
0:05.4 Oklahoma City went on an 8-0 run to get within seven as the first quarter drew to a close, as L.A. began to mix a few subs into the action. Kevin Durant led the way with 12 points (3-of-6 FG, 6-of-6 FT), while Bryant matched him with 12 of his own. Lamar Odom was again terrific for the Lakers, making 3-of-4 shots for six points with five rebounds and two assists. Still, L.A. had taken its collective foot off the pedal a bit heading into the second quarter.
8:49 Generally, Lamar Odom is able to provide a big matchup edge against second units of opposing teams, but in the absence of Pau Gasol, Odom’s is often on the bench at the beginning of the second. Still, it was hard work more than anything that had the Thunder chop four quick points off L.A.’s lead, with three put-back layups by Durant (two) and Etan Thomas.
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