The Lakers won the game at the free throw line, with them hitting 41 of their 42 attempts. Andrew Bynum shot 11-of-12 from the charity stripe and Kobe Bryant was perfect, making all of his 18 attempts – a franchise playoffs record.
The Thunder pulled away slightly during the third and fourth quarters, but 14 points in the final 12 minutes by Bryant pushed the Lakers to victory, despite OKC holding a 5-point lead with just 2 minutes to go.
The Lakers are back at it again tonight at Staples Center as they try to even the series up at 2-a-piece. The last time the Lakers played back-to-back playoff games was in the lockout-shortened season in 1999.
Kobe Bryant (36 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists) Andrew Bynum (16 points, 11 rebounds, 3 blocks) Pau Gasol (12 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 blocks) Ramon Sessions (12 points, 4 assists.) Metta World Peace (10 poinbts, 2 blocks) Steve Blake (12 points, 8 rebounds).