The Oklahoma City Thunder had been beat by the L.A Lakers in 2010 and then the Dallas Mavericks in 11′ who both went on to win the NBA Finals in those given years. This year the tables have been turned OKC beat the Mavs in the first round and the Lakers last night.
OKC has ousted the Lakers in Game 5 of the NBA Western Semi-Conference Finals to advance to the Western Conference Finals for the second straight year in a row.
Kobe had an astonishing 42 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals in last nights game; That wasn’t enough to stop the Dynamic Duo of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook who combined for 53 points. Durant had 25 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals; Westbrook added 28 points and 4 assist.
The Lakers lost the game and the series for a couple of reasons. It’s great that Kobe went off, and scored 42 points but he had ZERO assists; You can’t win a series let alone a game without good ball movement. The Thunder almost doubled the amount of assists the Lakers had, racking up 20 while L.A only had 12.
Rebounding was also a factor. Whoever controls the boards wins the games it’s as simple as that. You would expect L.A who is paying Andrew Bynum and Paul Gasol 33.6 million alone on the two starters to bring down more than 20 rebounds put together. Bynum had a terrible game like honestly, the man is seven feet tall and he could only manage to bring down four rebounds. That’s a shame and honestly embarrassing . The Lakers got man handled on the boards bring down only 35 when OKC brought down 51.
OKC now looks foreword to Game 1 against the Spurs in the Conference Finals!