In its first playoff series and only its second season as a franchise in 2009-2010, the Thunder had to face the number one seed in the Western Conference, and eventual NBA Champion, Los Angeles Lakers. That was the Lakers’ 16th NBA title, extending its reputation as a team with a tradition of excellence. Sunday afternoon, the Thunder will face the Lakers for the third time this season, with a chance to match skill and wits with one of the league’s most respected teams.

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