2012 NBA Playoffs, Lakers Vs. Thunder Game 1 Score: Russell Westbrook Leads Oklahoma City To 59-44 Lead

May 14, 2012; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) dunks the ball against Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum (17) during the first half in game one of the Western Conference semifinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Metta World Peace had 10 points, and two assists in the first half, but the Los Angeles Lakers trail the Oklahoma City Thunder 59-44 at halftime of Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. The Lakers are facing their biggest test of these playoffs, and World Peace will have to step up for Los Angeles to have a chance of even surviving in this series.

Metta World Peace had 10 points, and two assists in the first half, but the Los Angeles Lakers trail the Oklahoma City Thunder 59-44 at halftime of Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. The Lakers are facing their biggest test of these playoffs, and World Peace will have to step up for Los Angeles to have a chance of even surviving in this series.

Despite a 13-point deficit, the Lakers have been impressive early on. Kobe Bryant, scored 10 points on 3-for-7 shooting, but the Lakers surrendered too many points in the first half, with Oklahoma scoring 59 points. The Lakers were unable to stop Russell Westbrook, who seemed to score from every angle on his way to 17 first-half points, four rebounds, and six assists.

The two seven-footers, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum, combined for 20 points to finish the half. The Lakers will need a strong second-half to take a 1-0 lead in the best of seven series.

For more news and notes regarding Lakers basketball, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.

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