Thunder eliminates Lakers, face Spurs in West Finals
Russell Westbrook scored 28 points and Kevin Durant added 25 points and 10 rebounds, as the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the Los Angeles Lakers 106-90 in Game 5 on Monday night and advanced to the Western Conference finals to face the San Antonio Spurs.
Westbrook had a pair of three-point plays during a 14-3 run that put Oklahoma City ahead late in the third quarter, and Durant hit two 3-pointers as the Thunder scored the first 10 points of the fourth to push their lead to 93-77 and the Lakers never got back.
After getting eliminated by Los Angeles in 2010 and Dallas in 2011 before both of those teams went on to win it all, the Thunder knocked both out on their way to the West finals for the second straight year.
After blowing a fourth-quarter lead in Game 4, Bryant had called out forward Pau Gasol to be more aggressive.
Gasol finished with 14 points and 16 rebounds. Metta World Peace scored 11 and Andrew Bynum had 10 points.
Kobe Bryant lead the Lakers with 42 points.
(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)