Are Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol the NBA’s Best Post-Perimeter Duo?

April 21st, 2010 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
The Los Angeles Lakers can thank Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol for their win against the Oklahoma City Thunder Tuesday night, because if the duo hadn't stepped up, the series could have a much different look than it does now.

The Lakers were able to take a commanding two-game lead against the Thunder because of the 64 points scored by Bryant and Gasol combined on a night where no other Laker reached double figures.

The 64 points accounted for more than two-thirds of the Lakers' total of 95, and Bryant's 15-point fourth quarter proved the deciding factor against an Oklahoma City team that plays nothing like an eight seed.

The Thunder are young but supremely talented, and they have one of the league's brightest stars in forward Kevin Durant, who was able to find his offensive game after a dismal showing in Game One.

Durant scored 32 points, and his teammates responded to being dominated in the paint in Game One by blocking 17 Lakers' field-goal attempts, and preventing Andrew Bynum from controlling the interior.

The Thunder did everything necessary to win except slowing Bryant and Gasol, so instead of heading back to the Ford C ...

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