The tone has been set for the Los Angeles Lakers at this point: win soon or suffer the same closing fate as the Dallas Mavericks. The Oklahoma City Thunder are on a roll in the 2012 NBA Playoffs. It wasn't pretty but the Lakers let game two slip away last night and OKC will have no problem taking a 77-75 win.
Kevin Durant hit the go-ahead shot and Steve Blake missed a crucial 3-pointer to win the game, but the Lakers blew it down the stretch. In a low scoring affair, they were ahead in the fourth quarter but simply couldn't close it out. Kobe Bryant finished 9 for 25 on the night and the Lakers shot 38.5 percent overall.
Durant scored 22 including what turned out to be the game winner for the Thunder and paced all scorers with that number. He also had 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Russell Westbrook added 15 and James Harden had 13 for the Thunder.
Game three is Friday night in LA.