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LAst Night's Action: Lakers Thunder On to the Second Round

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LA Lakers defeat Oklahoma City Thunder 95-94. With five minutes left in the game the Lakers held a 91-84 lead. In a matter of two minutes they pissed away the lead and then some. With 2:11 remaining Kobe Bryant hit a jumper to bring the Lakers to within 94-93. And for the next two minutes both teams traded jumpers and bad shots seemingly not wanting to win the game. After Russell Westbrook missed a jumper with 19 seconds left in the game, Kobe Bryant got the rebound and dribbled down the court as everyone in the Dodger Stadium press box dining room yelled for Phil Jackson to take a time out. Instead Kobe took a 13-foot jumper with one second left in the game and missed. The Lakers’ mystique however was working overtime with Pau Gasol standing right under the basket ready to grab the rebound and put-back to give the Lakers the 95-94 lead with 0.5 seconds remaining. Off of the inbounds, Westbrook missed his jumper as time expired making everyone in the dining room violators of the press box rule number one: no cheering. Kobe led all scorers with 32 points while grabbing seven rebounds. Derek Fisher and Shannon Brown were the only other Lakers to score double-digits with 11 points each. Andrew Bynum hyper-extended his knee in the first half and was limited to six points. The Lakers will now face the Utah Jazz in the second round.