Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka, left, blocks a shot by Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum during the second quarter in Game 2 of an NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference semifinal, in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, May 16, 2012.
Stick with the red
Apparently Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook, who made news after Game 1 with his bright red eyeglass frames sans lenses in the postgame news conference, had spectacles on his mind in Wednesday night's Game 2 against the Lakers. While Westbrook and his Thunder were far from pretty most of the night, they had to like what they saw in the game's closing minutes, scoring the game's final nine points over the final two minutes to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 77-75 at home to take a 2-0 series lead.
After the Thunder went for 119 points in Game 1, they scored 42 fewer points in Game 2. But the OKC defense was up to the task, as evidenced by this play by forward Serge Ibaka, swatting the ball away from Lakers big man Pau Gasol on Wednesday night. Ibaka had five more blocks (seven) than the entire Lakers team.
See what I mean?
Here is one of the more emphatic of Serge Ibaka's seven blocks, this one coming at the expense of Kobe Bryant in the first half.
By any means necessary
This time, Serge Ibaka goes over Lakers center Andrew Bynum to go for the ball in the first half of their Western Conference semifinal Game 2. For the record, Ibaka added eight points and three rebounds to his seven blocks.
The series in pictures
Certainly Kobe Bryant and the Lakers must pick themselves up now, heading home trailing 2-0 in the series after dropping Game 2 on Wednesday despite leading in the final minute, and getting 20 points each from Bryant and Andrew Bynum. NBAE/Getty ImagesAndrew D. Bernstein
What is this, Madrid?
Much was made about the blue clay in last week's tennis event in Madrid — a surface that left many of the world's top players rather red-faced. After dropping two games by two completely different methods of meltdown in Oklahoma City, the Lakers have probably had enough blue in the playing arena to last them a few postseasons. NBAE/Getty ImagesLayne Murdoch
Thanks to the defense of Thabo Sefolosha, Kobe Bryant loses the ball on this play in Game 2. And thanks to a lack of a lot of things, the Lakers have quite the mountain to climb if they want to make it to the Western Conference finals. NBAE/Getty ImagesAndrew D. Bernstein
Climbing the HIll
Lakers reserve Jordan Hill dunks for two of six points on Wednesday night. Hill was one of only two Lakers to score off the bench in Oklahoma City, as Steve Blake added five points. Los Angeles is undoubtedly wishing Blake finished with eight, as his 3-point shot in the closing seconds clanged off the rim and allowed the Thunder to preserve the win. NBAE/Getty ImagesLayne Murdoch
The doctor is in!
NBA legend Julius Erving delivers the game ball to referee Derrick Stafford on Wednesday to kick off Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Dr. J was of little help to his former team, though, as the 76ers fell to the Boston Celtics, 107-91. NBAE/Getty ImagesJesse D. Garrabrant
You hear that?
Perhaps the only thing louder than Kevin Garnett's scream in Wednesday's Game 3 was his play. The veteran forward had game highs with 27 points and 13 rebounds as the Boston Celtics regained home-court advantage in the Eastern Conference semifinals, defeating Philadelphia 76ers on the road 107-91.
Something worth watching
Considering the performance of the home team, the fans in Philadelphia may very have had a better time watching the 76ers Dream Team perform during timeouts. The 76ers did lead after one quarter, but were outscored 61-33 in the second and third quarters, and that was that. Getty ImagesDrew Hallowell
Hall of Fame sandwich
Thaddeus Young (21) of the Philadelphia 76ers goes for a shot between two likely Hall of Famers in Paul Pierce (34) and Kevin Garnett during Wednesday's Game 3 at Philadelphia. Young did finish with a team-high 22 points off the bench. Getty ImagesDrew Hallowell
Up in the air
Boston Celtics player Brandon Bass (left) tries to get a shot past the Philadelphia 76ers' Spencer Hawes during the first half of Game 3 on Wednesday. Bass had 10 points and five rebounds in Boston's win.
Turn the corner
Paul Pierce of the Boston Celtics looks around the 76ers' Spencer Hawes during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Pierce had 24 points, but teammate Kevin Garnett led all scorers with 27. Getty ImagesDrew Hallowell
Above it all
Celtic Mickael Pietrus jumps for a rebound over Jodie Meeks (20) and Andre Iguodala of the 76ers in Game 3 on Wednesday in Philadelphia. Pietrus had 13 points for the Celtics, who lead the series 2-1. Getty ImagesDrew Hallowell
Sixers guard Evan Turner (center) celebrates with center Spencer Hawes during the first quarter of Game 3 against the Celtics. Turner and Hawes combined for eight points in a losing effort.
Green is for go!
Celtics star Paul Pierce celebrates during the first quarter of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Despite a hurt knee, Pierce finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds, helping his team push ahead of the 76ers with a 2-1 series lead.