Second Look: Thunder vs. Lakers
February 24, 2012
Kevin Durant addresses the sold-out crowd at Chesapeake Arena moments before tipoff, vowing that himself, guard Russell Westbrook and Head Coach Scott Brooks would do their best to represent OKC at the All-Star Game. But before leaving for Orlando, there
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Thunder guard Russell Westbrook contorts his body to get between Lakers defenders Pau Gasol and Troy Murphy for a drive to the basket. Westbrook finished with 19 points and six assists.
Serge Ibaka rejects the shot of Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, one of three blocks registered on the night by the NBA's No. 1 shot blocker.
Serge Ibaka reacts after sending the ball released from Lakers guard Kobe Bryant the other way.
Kevin Durant listens intently to the words of Head Coach Scott Brooks during a time out.
Thunder guard Daequan Cook stays in front of Lakers guard Kobe Bryant. Bryant finished with 24 points, but the Thunder defense forced him into a 7-for-24 shooting night.
James Harden finishes a Thunder fast break created at the defensive end by sheer hustle. Russell Westbrook beat his man to a tipped ball, recovered and found Harden racing downcourt alone.
Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka celebrate the play of their teammates just like many of the 18,203 fans behind them. The Thunder bench outscored the Lakers' reserves, 26-11.
Thunder forward Kevin Durant glides past Lakers defender Matt Barnes for a basket. Durant finished with a game-high 33 points and added six assists, four rebounds, three steals and one blocked shot.
Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins work together to challenge the shot of Lakers center Andrew Bynum. The Thunder defense limited the Lakers to 38.5 percent shooting from the field.
Kevin Durant gets in front of three Lakers defenders for a slam dunk.
Kevin Durant rises for a jumper over the Lakers' Kobe Bryant.
Kevin Durant throws down two of his game-high 33 points as the Lakers' Andrew Bynam and Pau Gasol look on.
James Harden drives hard to the basket. Harden scored 16 points and added four rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots, but it was his defense that equally frustrated the Lakers.
Serge Ibaka extends his arms while going up to challenge this drive by Lakers guard Kobe Bryant.
Serge Ibaka finished with 11 points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots.
Teammates Kevin Durant and Eric Maynor share a moment on the Thunder bench.
Thunder rookie guard Reggie Jackson goes hard to the basket, where Lakers center Andrew Bynum awaits. Jackson had eight points in 10:17 of playing time.
Thunder guard Royal Ivey knocks the ball loose from Lakers guard Andrew Goudelock.
Thunder center Kendrick Perkins battles in the paint. Perkins had nine rebounds and two blocks in addition to his tough defensive play.
Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka and Russell Westbrook congratulate each other following the 100-85 victory over their Western Conference rivals.