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LAst Night's Action: Lakers Silence Thunder

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LA Lakers defeat Oklahoma City Thunder 111-87. Let them eat tacos! This was the Lakers’ team that everybody was expecting for the last two months. After the embarrassment on Saturday night in Oklahoma City, the Lakers made the Thunder pay in Game 5 at the Staples Center. Kobe Bryant wound up guarding Russell Westbrook and Pau Gasol moved closer to the perimeter unclogging the paint. The Lakers started off the game on a 14-1 run through the first half of the first quarter and held the Thunder to 26% shooting in the first frame. The Lakers never let up eventually leading by as many as 32 points with seconds left in the third quarter. Pau Gasol led all scorers with 25 points and 11 rebounds while Andrew Bynum also had a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Kobe operated like a point guard controlling the flow of the offense scoring 13 points with seven assists. If NBA assists were tabulated like NHL assists, Kobe no doubt would have had a double-double also. While Derek Fisher was the lone starter not to score in double digits with six points, those six points he scored established the tone of the game in the first quarter.