After watching the Thunder give the Lakers all they could handle, there obviously wasn’t much of a difference between the two teams. Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum are the reason the Lakers survived Round One against the upstart Thunder.
Gasol tipped-in Kobe Bryant’s miss with 0.8 seconds remaining to give the Lakers a 95-94 win over the Thunder Friday in front a frenzied OKC crowd.
After dominating Game 5, Bynum and Gasol were quiet for much of game six. Bynum tallied six points and four rebounds while Gasol finished with just nine points but grabbed 18 rebounds.
Kobe Bryant scored 16 of his 32 points in the third quarter to help the Lakers fight off a pesky Thunder team.
Kevin Durant had another miserable shooting game, finishing with 26 points on just 5-of-23 shooting. Russell Westbrook put himself on the map by dominating the Lakers at times throughout the series. He scored 21 points and dished out nine assists in Game 6, committing no turnovers in 42 minutes.
The future is bright for Oklahoma City, which has a ton of cap space and two blossoming superstars. Chris Bosh is rumored to have serious interest in joining the Thunder, regardless of where LeBron ends up.
Things won’t get any easier for Kobe and the Lakers, who will have to scrap and claw to survive in the West.