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NBA playoffs: Thunder rolls over Lakers, 76ers nip Celtics (+video)

NBA playoffs on Monday night saw Oklahoma City crush the Lakers, while Philadelphia beat Boston in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal.

Oklahoma Thunder coach and players discuss victory over L.A. Lakers
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The Oklahoma City Thunder delivered a blow to rival Metta World Peace's infamous elbow by crushing the Los Angeles Lakers 119-90 on Monday to win the opening game of the second-round playoff series.

In the first matchup between the teams since World Peace struck James Harden with an elbow on April 22 to draw a seven-game suspension, the Thunder hit back to take a 1-0 series lead.

Russell Westbrook had 27 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in limited playing time, Kevin Durant added 25 as a rested Oklahoma City team ran circles around the visitors.

"I just tried to come out aggressive, we hadn't played in a while and I had some good legs underneath me," Westbrook told reporters.

The Thunder swept their first-round series and had more than a week off while the Lakers just wrapped up a tough seven-game series two days ago.

Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum both had 20 points, but the Lakers fell behind by 15 at halftime and the deficit ballooned to 30 in the third as the visitors struggled to cope with Oklahoma City's foot speed and athleticism.


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