Kobe leads Lakers past Thunder in 99-96 thriller

The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Oklahoma City Thunders in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 19 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant, left, works against Los Angeles Lakers' Andrew Bynum during the first half in Game 3 of an NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference semifinal in Los Angeles, Friday, May 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Kobe leads Lakers past Thunder in 99-96 thriller
Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant, left, works against Los Angeles Lakers' Andrew Bynum during the first half in Game 3 of an NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference semifinal in Los Angeles, Friday, May 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Oklahoma City Thunder's James Harden, right, puts up a shot against Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, center, and Jordan Hill during the first half in Game 3 of an NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference semifinal in Los Angeles, Friday, May 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Kobe leads Lakers past Thunder in 99-96 thriller
Oklahoma City Thunder's James Harden, right, puts up a shot against Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, center, and Jordan Hill during the first half in Game 3 of an NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference semifinal in Los Angeles, Friday, May 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19: Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers dunks the ball in front of Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first quarter in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 19 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Four
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19: Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers dunks the ball in front of Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first quarter in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 19 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19: Serge Ibaka #9 of the Oklahoma City Thunder boxes out Andrew Bynum #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers in the first quarter in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 19 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Four
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19: Serge Ibaka #9 of the Oklahoma City Thunder boxes out Andrew Bynum #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers in the first quarter in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 19 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19: Andrew Bynum #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Serge Ibaka #9 of the Oklahoma City Thunder go after the opening jump ball to start Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 19 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Four
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19: Andrew Bynum #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Serge Ibaka #9 of the Oklahoma City Thunder go after the opening jump ball to start Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 19 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook is fouled by Los Angeles Lakers' Matt Barnes, left, during the first half in Game 3 of an NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference semifinal in Los Angeles, Friday, May 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Kobe leads Lakers past Thunder in 99-96 thriller
Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook is fouled by Los Angeles Lakers' Matt Barnes, left, during the first half in Game 3 of an NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference semifinal in Los Angeles, Friday, May 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace, top, wrestles for the ball with Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook during the first half in Game 3 of an NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference semifinal, Friday, May 18, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Kobe leads Lakers past Thunder in 99-96 thriller
Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace, top, wrestles for the ball with Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook during the first half in Game 3 of an NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference semifinal, Friday, May 18, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, left, is pressured by Oklahoma City Thunder's Derek Fisher during the second half in Game 3 of an NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference semifinal in Los Angeles, Friday, May 18, 2012. The Lakers won 99-96. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Lakers-Thunder Preview
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, left, is pressured by Oklahoma City Thunder's Derek Fisher during the second half in Game 3 of an NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference semifinal in Los Angeles, Friday, May 18, 2012. The Lakers won 99-96. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, left, goes after a rebound with Oklahoma City Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha of Switzerland during the first half in Game 3 of an NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference semifinal, Friday, May 18, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Kobe leads Lakers past Thunder in 99-96 thriller
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, left, goes after a rebound with Oklahoma City Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha of Switzerland during the first half in Game 3 of an NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference semifinal, Friday, May 18, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Oklahoma City Thunder's Derek Fisher, center, goes up for a basket against Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, right, and Jordan Hill during the second half in Game 3 of an NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference semifinal in Los Angeles, Friday, May 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Lakers-Thunder Preview
Oklahoma City Thunder's Derek Fisher, center, goes up for a basket against Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, right, and Jordan Hill during the second half in Game 3 of an NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference semifinal in Los Angeles, Friday, May 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, left, puts up a shot as Oklahoma City Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha of Switzerland defends during the first half in Game 3 of an NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference semifinal, Friday, May 18, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Kobe leads Lakers past Thunder in 99-96 thriller
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, left, puts up a shot as Oklahoma City Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha of Switzerland defends during the first half in Game 3 of an NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference semifinal, Friday, May 18, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19: Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder goes up for a shot between Andrew Bynum #17 and Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers in the first half in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 19 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Four
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19: Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder goes up for a shot between Andrew Bynum #17 and Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers in the first half in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 19 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers falls as he dribbles the ball in the second quarter while taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 19 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Four
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers falls as he dribbles the ball in the second quarter while taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 19 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots over Kendrick Perkins #5 of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second quarter in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 19 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Four
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots over Kendrick Perkins #5 of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second quarter in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 19 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder looks to move the ball against Steve Blake #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers in the second quarter in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 19 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Four
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder looks to move the ball against Steve Blake #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers in the second quarter in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 19 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19: Andrew Bynum #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers dunks the ball in the second quarter while taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 19 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Four
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19: Andrew Bynum #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers dunks the ball in the second quarter while taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 19 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19: Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder goes up for a shot against Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers in the first quarter in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 19 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Four
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19: Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder goes up for a shot against Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers in the first quarter in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 19 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots over Derek Fisher #37 of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first quarter in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 19 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Four
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots over Derek Fisher #37 of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first quarter in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 19 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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