Thunderous victory over Lakers ties series

ESPN: At the time last summer when Kevin Durant suggested the Oklahoma City Thunder should be shooting for the playoffs this season, it was considered an outlandish statement.

But look at them now.

Durant scored 22 points, Russell Westbrook added 18 points and eight rebounds, and the Thunder evened the first-round series against the Los Angeles Lakers with a 110-89 victory in Game 4 on Saturday night.

“A lot of people didn’t expect us to be here and once we got here, people were saying we were going to get swept and a lot of different things,” Durant said. “We knew what we were capable of and how hard we play every day and how hard we practice every day.

“With those attributes, I think that we can go far as a team. It’s all on us. We control our own destiny at this point.”

For the second straight game, the Thunder capitalized on a significant edge at the foul line and on the boards despite the presence of the Lakers’ 7-foot tandem of Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum.

Oklahoma City never trailed after the opening 5 minutes and led by double digits for the final three quarters in a thorough dismantling.

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  • JohnJohn

    No excuses, the okc thunder and the NBA refs have been dominating the Lakers in okc for game 3 and 4. I just hope the NBA Gods will redeem at our sanctuary. 4REEELLS!!!!

  • kevin 0

    damn for real we are not winning the obrien this year
    at all!

    of course the lakers will beat the thunder
    and make it to the conference finals but
    idk if they can make it to the finals, of course they are not
    gonna win (if they make it) orlando, cleveland, spurs, dallas,
    can EASILY beat the lakers im so dissapointed that the old farts of san antonio have a better shot of winning it all then then the lakers

    oh and 4 the people who think the lakers will lose to the thunder you are dreamin!

  • Jim

    Wow! For the first time in my life, I’m speechless after a Laker game. Wow :-(

  • KindSir

    Really, who the F thought the Lakers were gonna sweep the Thunder? Come one KEvin Durant stop lying. Also 4-22 from the 3 point line, yeah that’s really going to get it done… Are these guys ever going to learn that they really need to quit taking so many damn 3s?

  • trippleocho

    I said before the series started that this will go 7 and I’m sticking to that. That was a pathetic performance from the team I hope they can rebound the next game.

  • toto

    as i see it.. they need to focus !

    its just like the HOU series last year. sigh..

    hope they win game5 and game6 through momentum shift

  • ThunderCat

    Haha. i told ya’ll Laker fans. Thunder in 6!!! KABOOM!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Mr. Tae

      The team tanked that game ya fool for ticket sales all the way to game 7 which the champs will win.

    • http://lakersnation showtime4eva

      ha ha ha first time in the playoffs for you..dude we are the lakers.you’ll learn that soon enough!

  • justdogm1

    didn`t kobe foul TWO 3pt shooters?thats stupid and i`ve never seen one player do that….NOW HE HAS ANOTHER MEANINGLESS RECORD………..DUMB FOULS IN A PLAYOFF GAME.

  • Ashley

    Dumb fouls, not hustling on defense, too many turnovers, too many jump shots, going away from Drew, not attacking the basket, missing free throws = Series tied 2-2 … Lakers better come out with a sense of urgency Tuesday or they’ll be gone fishing sooner than they thought they would be.

  • willie

    Laker fans come to terms with reality. It’s over. Maybe not this series, but soon. And long-term, it’s for the best. Kobe needs to get HEALTHY and the team is not playing right – in your heart, you know it too: http://bit.ly/aE41Rb

  • Rreyner

    LETS TALK ABOUT FREE THROWS
    LAKERS 2 HOME GAMES LAL 54 OKC 57
    THUNDERS 2 HOME GAMES LAL 40 OKC 82

    GAME 3
    OKC 34 LAL 12
    GAME 4
    OKC 49 LAL 28

    SOMEBODY IS TRYING REALLY HARD TO MAKE SURE THE THUNDERS STAY ALIVE. ITS FUNNY HOW FREE THROWS HAS BEEN THE AREA THAT GAVE THE WINNING EDGE IN GAMES 3 AND 4 BUT ALL THOSE NBA “EXPERTS AND COMMENTATORS” IGNORE IT AND NEVER ANALYZE HOW MUCH LOPSIDED GAMES BEEN IN THE FREE THROW AREA. TO ME ITS DISGUSTING… ANALYZE THIS.. EVERY TRAVELING TEAM IN EVERY SERIES HAVE ONE DAY REST IN BETWEEN GAMES EXCEPT WHO HAS TWO FULL DAYS TO REST AND PLAN? THATS RIGHT YOUR BELOVED CAVS. THE NBA IS OBSESS WITH CONTROLLING WHO WINS AND WHO DOESN’T

    • Richard

      That is exatly what I think, but lakers would lose anyway but the game would be a lot closer. Free Thrown really decide the game. Lakers Free Thrown % is much lower in post season which isn’t helpful.

  • http://www.jackyang.info Jack Y.

    As much as I love the Lakers, their performance in the past couple of months have been disgraceful. Lakers have the best talent in the NBA. How often do you get to play for an owner that is willing to spend to keep the best talents? I don’t think they appreciate enough of the situation that they’re in. The follow things must be fixed to win next game:

    1. Stop making dumb fouls (if you’re going to foul, make it count)
    2. Stop chucking up 3s (especially Artest!)
    3. Kobe needs to make up his damn mind at the right time. I get he’s trying to get Lakers involved but he needs to recognize when’s the right time to attack, and when to pass.
    4a. Stop turning over the ball!!! (Thunder lives off Lakers turnovers).
    4b. Execute offense better … don’t chuck 3s and allow Thunder to go on transition.
    4c. Get the ball inside! Slow the game down! Don’t play at Thunder’s tempo!
    4d. Do not stall on offense. Do not stop ball movement. Keep moving even if you don’t have the ball!
    5. Box out, Hustle, Crash the boards!
    6. Get to the line … and make the free throws! (Be the aggressor, don’t let Thunder take control!)

  • LAKESHOW420

    No excuses, the Lakers are playing horrendous…As a laker fan I am sad to say that I have begun to lose faith that this team will make the finals, let alone get out of the west. Kobe is not looking like himself, Lamar has not been at any of the past 4 games, the rest of our bench has been awful. We basically handed them game 3. Artest wont make open shots. SO FRUSTRATING!!!

    • LAKERSTYLE

      While totally agree with the LAKERS poor play …the REFs game calling was blatantly unfair, and provided over the top, home court advantage to Oklahoma, this was clearly obvious. It took away the glory of the OKLA’s win.

  • Go – Lakers

    Good point Jack. What this means is theyre not doing anything right. The most important thing that u missed is play physical with these kids like boston would. I hate the Celtics but when they feel like they are loosing control they start pushing people around and scareing them into mistakes. we are too soft and too nice.

    • http://www.jackyang.info Jack Y.

      The only thing I will give to the Lakers is that, the Refs are favoring the Thunder at their home course (maybe influenced by the LOUD crowd unconsciously). The refs may have disallowed Lakers to play physical defense. Then again, it may very well be that the Lakers are being lazy (and overwhelmed by the crowd).

      • Rreyner

        LAZY IS NOT THE PROBLEM. MOTIVATION COME EASY IN THE PLAYOFFS ITS THE 50 FREE THROWS IN GAME 3 THAT GAVE THE THUNDERS A WINNING EDGE OVER THE LAKERS.
        PHIL SAW THESE EVENTS COMING BEFORE THE PLAYOFFS AND THATS WHY HE GOT FINED 35KS. 35K IS TOO MUCH MONEY FOR A COMMENT THAT WAS KIND OF COMPLEMENTARY FOR DURANT.

      • LAKERSTYLE

        No… u r right…the game calling by the REF’S, most certainly interfered with the LAKERS ability to play defense effectively, which unfairly swayed the outcome of that game. It caused a mental breakdown of their style of play. The REF’S were very much apart of that OKLA win.

  • Touch MEE

    Wheres Nostradumus he hiding cuz he knows the Lakers aint winning it this year. Being a Lakers fan I got to say what a sorry excuse for a basketball team to let the Thunder do that to a defending champion, I don’t see LA winning this series, plus Kobe is hurt. The Thunder are simply better and have no player over the age of 25, I am an embarrassed LA fan

    • Lakerland_Nostradamus

      You call yourself a fan but you are nothing less than an Orlando or Boston homer.
      Be a man and tell us the truth!

    • Lakerland_Nostradamus

      By the way,
      I stand by my prediction.
      I am not a coward lier like you!
      LMAO!!!!!!!!!!

  • Rreyner

    THE LAKERS WILL STILL REMAIN COMPETITIVE IN THESE PLAYOFFS. ONE CANT FORGET THAT A 50 WIN TEAM DOES NOT GET SWEPT OUT OF THE PLAYOFFS. THE THUNDERS SPURS BLAZERS AND JAZZ ARE NOT THE ELITE IN THE NBA BUT ARE NOT THE MIAMI HEAT BUCKS OR BULLS AND IF ONE WAS TO ANALYZE THE OTHER 3 SERIES IN THE WEST ITS HARD TO PREDICT WHO IS GOING TO WIN. ARE THE LAKERS IN TROUBLE? ITS MORE LIKE IN SOME SERIOUS COMPETITION.

  • livetowin16th

    Lakers in 6. Book it. Remember the series against houston last year? Lakers got crapped on in game 4, then game 5 they beat the hell outta the rockets by like 40.

  • OrlandoFan

    I dont know guys, im an Orlando Magic Fan. Was watching the last game and i hate to say it, but the REFS had alot to do with that blow out. Phantom foul calls that i bet you wont see in L.A………. Its all David Sturn on this one, get it to game 6 or 7 and make more money for the League, thats just my point of view..

    GO MAGIC…!!!!! Good luck Lakers!!!!! We want a rematch!

    • http://lakersnation showtime4eva

      yes,we in L.A. would like to see that rematch also,we both still have a long road ahead.hope to see you guys in june. go lakers!! good luck magic!!

      • mr.laker19

        Now THERES a fan i can respect. Good luck to your Magic man, and PLEASE knock that monkey Lebron out of the playoffs!

    • livetowin16th

      awesome! Thanks for the support magic fan. Lets have that finals re-match. SCREW CLEVELAND. Give em hell. Good luck to Orlando. GO LAKERS!

    • Toni

      Nice post Magic fan! – I could not agree with you more! – Could the REFS be any more biased?!?! … The Free Throw disparity is totally incomprehensible because these are the Playoffs not “Pansy” Basketball.

      Let the players make more physical plays and actually earn the right to advance towards the FINALS without the refs being so one-sided!!

      Bring on Game 5!!!!!

  • 09champs!

    I’d love to see your bandwagon fan faces when we win the ship. You’ll all be saying that you always supported the Lakers bla bla bla.
    Trust me, they’ll be there at the wnd of the journey :)

  • mr.laker19

    The refs were bad, but they are not are big problem. Do you honestly see the difference in how we played Game 1, especially that first quarter, and every game after? That was just effort and smart decisions. We havent shown that since. If I was Phil, I would run ALOT more Pau Kobe pick and roll, its virtually unstoppable. Kobe can find open guys and go to the basket when needed. Basically, the ball needs to be in Kobes hands more. If we lose this series it wlll be on kobes shoulders. Lets face it, this is a superstars league, thats what will be remembered over time, which superstar elevated their team to success, Durant or Kobe? Kobe has to step up not only for us to win, but for the sake of elevating his legacy. Kobe… be Kobe.

    • http://www.jackyang.info Jack Y.

      Exactly what I’ve been saying. You can feel the high energy-play in game 1. Somehow, Lakers stopped ever playing that way since arriving at OKC. It might be the crowd. It might be the crowd influencing the ref. Nevertheless, Lakers should have been able to overcome that.

  • oblivionass

    I realize that there are Lamar Odom lovers out there so we will never get the point across about this guy. First of all this guy doesn’t even try on defense all he does is stand there with his hands in the air. Westbrook drives right at him because he knows Odom will not even try to block his shot. I have said this numerous times. He never jumps all he does is stand there with the statue of liberty pose which is quite fitting because he will get praised no matter what. Now people see the Lakers should have kept Trevor Ariza over Lamar Odom, Ariza at least tried on defense and hit clutch threes. I have never seen a guy that is 6,10 guy miss as many layups as this idiot.

  • andyhank

    The refs are the reason we lost game 4. I’m not being a sore loser, its just damn true. When you make more FG than the other team but are down by 20, you really just give up. Don’t say that they still outplayed us if you remove all points from FT, because they would have definetly played with more hustle if they saw the light at the end of the tunnel.

    • http://www.facebook.com/thejahjah Josh Herrington

      Thats what i was saying when a Cav fan said they still would be down by like 5. So i said yeah but we are sooo close that we can come back. Oh and you all know I’m a true Laker fan right? I just want to put it out there before we do some serious winning and all the bandwagoneers jump on TLN.

  • Touch MEE

    Lakerland_Nostradamus looks like you still hanging around has the crystal ball picked the series or the champions I dont know what u meant. I am no Boston or Orlando fan, I despise Cleveland and hope orlando beat them down. I know Stern is playing games to make Cleveland be in the finals which he unsuccedded last year and to MAKE them go against a tired LAKERS team so he can have he new posterboy win it all. I am just hard on LA thats all.

    • Lakerland_Nostradamus

      No you are a fag hater!
      You only post here when the lakers is in trouble.
      If you believe you are a laker fan, then you are a bandwagon fan.