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Lakers struck by Thunder, near elimination

Published: Sunday, May 20 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

Los Angeles Lakers' Metta World Peace, left, and teammate Jordan Hill are restrained by referees in a scuffle with the Oklahoma City Thunder during the first half in Game 3 of an NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference semifinal game in Los Angeles, Friday, May 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Russell Westbrook scored 10 of his 37 points during a stirring fourth-quarter comeback, Kevin Durant added 31 points and hit the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 13.7 seconds left, and the Oklahoma City Thunder seized control of the second-round series with a 103-100 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 4 on Saturday night.

Serge Ibaka scored 14 points for the second-seeded Thunder, who took a 3-1 series lead and moved to the brink of their second straight trip to the Western Conference finals.

Oklahoma City improved to 7-1 in the postseason with a tenacious rally on the second night of back-to-back games against the Lakers and Kobe Bryant, who scored 38 points in Los Angeles' fifth loss in seven games overall.

The Thunder finished Game 4 on a 22-8 run, punctuated by Durant's 3-pointer and two late free throws from James Harden, who had 12 points.

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