OKC Thunder Forward Kevin Durant
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The Oklahoma City Thunder had a 29-point victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference Semifinals on Monday, May 14, 2012, according to NBA.com. OKC Thunder routs the LA Lakers, 119-90, at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK.
Russell Westbrook led OKC with a near triple-double, 27 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant scored 25 points for the Thunder.
Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum scored 20 points apiece for the Lakers.
The Thunder took a 15-point halftime lead, opened the third quarter with a 15-2 blitz filled with crowd-pleasing 3-pointers and dunks, and never looked back. The final margin ended up being the fourth-largest in the history of the Oklahoma City franchise, including its years in Seattle.
The Lakers loss matched the 12th-largest defeat in LA postseason history, and the sixth worst of Bryant’s career. Three of those losses came in close-out games when L.A. was done for the series. Once was the start of a four-game sweep. The other two times, the Lakers came back to win the next game – both during their run to the 2000 NBA title.