By Houston Mitchell Los Angeles Times FIRST ROUNDLakers 4, Oklahoma City 2Game 1: at Lakers 87, Thunder 79Game 2: at Lakers 95, Thunder 92Game 3: at Thunder 101, Lakers 96Game 4: at Thunder 110, Lakers 89Game 5: at Lakers 111, Thunder 87Game 6: Lakers 95, at Thunder 94Leading scorer: Kobe Bryant, 23.5 ppgLeading rebounder: Pau Gasol: 12.2 per gameThe lowdown: With Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum injured, the Lakers staggered into the playoffs by losing four of their last six regular-season games. They were expected to handle the Thunder quickly in the first round, but someone forgot to tell that to the Thunder. Bryant and Bynum returned for the playoffs, and when the Lakers won the first two games of the series, everything seemed according to plan. But the Thunder used its speed in Games 3 and 4 to win both games, including a 21-point win in Game 4. Back in L.A. for Game 5, Pau Gasol had 25 points and 11 rebounds to lead a Game 5 victory, then showed that Bryant and Fisher aren’t the only Lakers who can make clutch shots. Gasol grabbed the offensive rebound off a missed shot by Bryant and scored a layup with 0.5… Read full this story
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