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Lakers eliminated from the NBA playoffs by the Oklahoma City Thunder

Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder celebrates in Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Oklahoma City Thunder during the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 21, 2012 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.
Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder celebrates in Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Oklahoma City Thunder during the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 21, 2012 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.Layne Murdoch / Getty Images

The Associated Press reports:

Russell Westbrook scored 28 points, Kevin Durant added 25 points and 10 rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder surged ahead in the second half to beat Los Angeles 106-90 in Game 5 on Monday night and eliminate the Lakers from the playoffs.

Westbrook had a pair of three-point plays during a 14-3 burst that put Oklahoma City ahead to stay late in the third quarter, and Durant hit two 3-pointers as the Thunder scored the first 10 points of the fourth to push their lead to 93-77.