Thunder Prevail Despite Lakers Dictating Tempo

Thunder Prevail Despite Lakers Dictating Tempo

Keep the game in the 90s or lower – nothing in triple-digits – implored Lakers forward Pau Gasol after getting shellacked 119-90 in Game 1 on Monday.

"Foul them a couple more times (and hope) the refs won't call it," Kobe Bryant suggested on Tuesday, evidently not kidding.

Slow down the tempo and throw in some missed open jumpers from the home team and, presto, the series would be tied at 1-1.

Instead, the game went presto-chango.

With two minutes left in the game, the Thunder had scored just 68 points and the Lakers led by seven.

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