Saturday, May 19, 2012

Lakers Beat Thunder, Avoid 3-0 Hole

No team has ever come back from a 3-0 playoff series deficit, making tonight a virtual must win for the Lakers. They had their backs against the wall and they played like it. After the Thunder overcame a 7 disadvantage with 2 minutes to go to win game two, the Lakers returned the favor tonight.

With 2:30 to go, the Lakers trailed by 5. They were able to slow the game down and get to the free throw line. The Lakers were able to go up by 3. Thanks to a missed 3-pointer by Kevin Durant and a block by Bynum on an Ibaka put back, the Lakers secured their first win off the series.

The story of the night was free throw shooting. The Lakers were able to shoot a combined 41 of 42 from the line(second-best in NBA playoff history). Kobe went 18 for 18 at the stripe by himself. The lone miss of the night went to Andrew Bynum.

Point guard play was something the Lakers lacked in the first two games but that changed tonight. Steve Blake and Ramon Sessions combined for 24 points after only combining for 9 points in the first two games.

Kobe Bryant lead the team in points with 36. Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum tied for the rebound lead with 11 apiece. Gasol and Bryant also lead the team in assists with 6 each.

Game 3 is Saturday at 10:30ET(7:30PT) from Staples Center and can be seen on TNT.

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