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Oklahoma City Thunder versus Los Angeles Lakers ImageOklahoma City Thunder versus Los Angeles Lakers on April 22nd, 2012. Our pre-game notes, in-game breakdown and post-game chat are all below.

Read article and watch video breakdown- OKC Thunder vs LA Lakers Breakdown and Analysis

Post-Game Chat (Apologies- audio is a bit off due to uploading of game for breakdown.. won’t happen in future)

Thunder-Lakers In-Game Breakdown

Watch how the Lakers get easy buckets in the first quarter.

Thunder-Lakers Pre-Game Notes

The OKC Thunder (46-17) have won six of ten and are a half game behind the San Antonio Spurs, the top seed in the Western Conference. The LA Lakers (40-24) have also won six of ten but are dealing with two blowout losses to the Spurs over the last five days. Kobe Bryant will be playing his second game after missing seven games due to tenosynivits in his left shin.

This game is more important for the Lakers who need to establish some confidence and continuity following two bad losses to the Spurs, and the return of Kobe Bryant. Also, the Lakers are 1-4 against the Thunder and Spurs this season. Don’t expect any let up from the Thunder who want to keep pace with the Spurs to have a shot at the top seed in the West.

2012 Thunder-Lakers Notes

The Thunder are 2-0 against the Lakers this season.

At home, they defeated LA 100-85 on February 23rd. Kevin Durant had 33 points and 6 assists and Serge Ibaka had 11 points, 19 rebounds . LA’s Big Three were the only Lakers to score in double figures & Bryant (29%) and Bynum (33%) both shot poorly.

On March 29th, the Thunder beat the Lakers 102-93 at Staples Center. Russell Westbrook led the Thunder with 36 points and Durant added 21 points. Andrew Bynum led the Lakers with 25 points and 13 rebounds. Pau Gasol (4-11) and Kobe Bryant’s (7-25) misfires hurt the Lakers, who ended up shooting 42% for the game.

Written by Arun and Coach Nick

Coach Nick

Coach Nick is the founder of BballBreakdown, coached the Triangle Offense at the high school level, and counts Tex Winter and Pete Newell as mentors. For more of our conversation, follow him @BBALLBREAKDOWN.

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