Russell Westbrook scored 28 on 12-25 from the field Monday Night as the Oklahoma City Thunder sent the Lakers fishing. The final test lies in the Western Conference Finals. Russell Westbrook had 10 points in the 4th quarter capping Oklahoma City’s close on the series in five games. Kobe scored 15 of the Lakers 19 early on and ending the game with zero assists.
Pau Gasol came through with a huge game 23 points and 17 rebounds, but it was too late. Kobe had absolutely no help giving the quick Thunder an open court. But the highlight of the game with under a minute left in the 1st half, Ron Artest was called for a flagrant foul on Thabo Sefolosha. Ron reached to strip the ball with his right hand, but gave Sefolosha a light push out of bounds. The Lakers had a better half from the field than Oklahoma City; however momentum swiftly turned when Durant and Sefolosha hit 4/4 free throws from the line giving the Thunder a 54-41 halftime leading. The Lakers came out of the tunnel in the 2nd half frustrated at the refs and disappointed by a late 2nd quarter collapse on both ends.
Western Conference Finals Schedule:
Game 1 Sunday May 27, Oklahoma City at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. ET
Game 2-Tuesday May 29, Oklahoma City at San Antonio, 9 p.m. ET
Game 3 Thursday May 31, San Antonio at Oklahoma City, 9 p.m. ET
Game 4 Saturday June 2, San Antonio at Oklahoma City, 8:30 p.m. ET
Game 5 Monday June 4, Oklahoma City at San Antonio, 9 p.m. ET *If necessary
Game 6 Wednesday June 6, San Antonio at Oklahoma City, 9 p.m. ET *If necessary
Game 7 Friday June 8, Oklahoma City at San Antonio, 9 p.m. ET *If necessary
San Antonio is holding onto an 18 game winning streak leading back into the month of April. The Thunder have a heavy load to lift moving into the end of May and into June during the Western Conference Finals facing the only #1 seed left.