Kobe Bryant scored 19 points but the Oklahoma City Thunder lead the Los Angeles Lakers 54-51 at halftime of Game 5 of their second round NBA playoff series Monday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Thunder lead the best-of-seven series three games to one.
Bryant scored 15 of his 19 in the first quarter and for the half shot 8-of-15, including this acrobatic effort:
Pau Gasol had 10 points and nine rebounds for the Lakers, who shot 48.7% (19 for 39) in the opening half. Andrew Bynum added seven points and two rebounds for Los Angeles.
The half turned on a flagrant foul and subsequent technical foul called on Metta World Peace in the final minute of the half. His reaction was priceless:
Kevin Durant scored 12 points for the Thunder. Russell Westbrook had eight points and four assists for Oklahoma City, who shot 39.2% (20 for 51) in the first half. James Harden scored 13 points in 15 minutes off the bench for the Thunder.