Thunder rally to edge Lakers 77-75 in Game 2

By Jeff Latzke

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, May 16 2012 10:28 p.m. MDT

Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace (15) shoots in front of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka, center left, during the first quarter in Game 2 of an NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference semifinal, in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, May 16, 2012.

Sue Ogrocki, Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY — Kevin Durant scored 22 points and rattled in the go-ahead basket on a baseline runner with 18 seconds left, and the Oklahoma City Thunder scored the final nine points to rally for a 77-75 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals Wednesday night.

Oklahoma City trailed by seven with 2 minutes left before surging back with a series of defensive stops by its stars to take a 2-0 lead.

Game 3 is Friday night in Los Angeles.

Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum scored 20 points apiece for the Lakers, who came up empty on their last six possessions after Bynum's hook shot made it 75-68 with 2:09 remaining.

Russell Westbrook added 15 points for Oklahoma City.

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