NBA Daily Blog Playoff Edition: Thunder take 2-0 series lead with Game 2 win vs the Lakers 77-75. Celtics steal Game 3 in Philly vs the 76ers

Russell Westbrook drives through the Lakers defense
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The Oklahoma City Thunder used a 9-0 run as they come from behind to take Game 2 of their second round series against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Chesapeake Energy Arena 77-75. The Thunder now take a 2-0 series lead as the series shifts to Los Angeles for Game 3 on May 19.

Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 22 points including the game-winning teardrop with 18.6 seconds left in the 4th alongside 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals. Russell Westbrook added 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. James Harden off the bench added 13 points including key baskets in the 4th quarter alongside 3 rebounds and 2 steals. Serge Ibaka added 8 points and blocked 7 shots. Thabo Sefolosha who defended well against Kobe Bryant scored 6 points.

Andrew Bynum led the Lakers with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks. Kobe Bryant also scored 20 points with 3 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Pau Gasol finished with a double-double 14 points and 11 rebounds. Metta World Peace added 8 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals.

In Philadelphia, the Boston Celtics steal one on the road as they take Game 3 against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center 107-91. The Celtics retake the series lead at 2-1 as Game 4 will be played in Philadelphia on May 19. Kevin Garnett led the Celtics with a double-double 27 points and 13 rebounds with 4 assists. Paul Pierce also finished with a double-double 24 points and 12 rebounds with 4 assists and 3 steals. Rajon Rondo also came up with a double-double 23 points and 14 assists with 6 rebounds. Mickael Pietrus off the bench scored 13 points. Brandon Bass added 10 points and 5 rebounds. Thaddeus Young off the bench led the 76ers with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Jrue Holiday added 15 points, 9 assists and 6 rebounds. Lou Williams and Jodie Meeks each scored 13 points. Andre Iguodala added 10 points and 4 rebounds.

2012 NBA Playoffs Bracket (as of 13:03 PHT)

WESTERN CONFERENCE

#1 Spurs vs #5 Clippers (Spurs lead series 1-0)
Game 2: May 18, 9:30 am PHT on Basketball TV and NBA Premium TV

#2 Thunder vs #3 Lakers (Thunder lead series 2-0)
Game 3: May 19, 10:30 am PHT on Studio 23 and NBA Premium TV

EASTERN CONFERENCE

#4 Celtics vs #8 76ers (Celtics lead series 2-1)
Game 4: May 19, 8:00 am PHT on NBA Premium TV

#2 Heat vs #3 Pacers (Series tied 1-1)
Game 3: May 18, 7:00 am PHT on NBA Premium TV

K-Smoove
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