The Oklahoma City Thunder will play the Los Angeles Lakers in Round 2 after the Lakers beat the Denver Nuggets 96-87 in their first round series.
The Lakers led 3-1 in the series after four games then played very poorly in games 5 and 6 losing each to Denver. The Lakers returned to form in Game 7 and did what they were supposed to do closing out Denver in Staples Center.
The Lakers took advantage of their greatest advantage which was size in Game 7. Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum really showed up after essentially no-showing the last two games.
Gasol and Bynum combined for 33 points and 35 rebounds in Game 7 including 20 offensive boards.
Kobe Bryant was relatively quiet in the game scoring 17 points on 7-of-16 shooting but did also have eight assists.
The Thunder have been waiting awhile for this series to start. Oklahoma City beat Dallas in four games and that series ended last Saturday, May 5. The greatest concern for the Thunder is the health of starting center Kendrick Perkins who is still day-to-day and it is unknown if he will play in Game 1.
Game 1 will be Monday night at 9:30 p.m. EST.
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