Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) drives around Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, left, in the third quarter of Game 1 in the second round of the NBA basketball playoffs, in Oklahoma City, Monday, May 14, 2012. Oklahoma City won 119-90. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

2012 NBA Playoffs Round 2 Update: 5/14 - Sixers edge out Celtics 82-81 to level series 1-1, Thunder Trounce Lakers 119-90 in Game 1

Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics

Philadelphia 76ers shooting guard Evan Turner (12) gets past Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett, left, small forward Paul Pierce (34), and guard Rajon Rondo to score the go-ahead basket in the final minute of the second half of Game 2 in their NBA basketball Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series in Boston, Monday, May 14, 2012. The 76ers won 82-81. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

The visiting Philadelphia 76ers edged out the Boston Celtics 82-81 Monday night to tie the series 1-1 in the best of seven match-up.

Philly was led by point guard Jrue Holiday who scored 18 points in a game-high 41 minutes of action. Andre Iguodala (13), Evan Turner (10) and reserve power forward Lavoy Allen (10) were also in double-figures.

Boston’s veteran sharp-shooter Ray Allen came off the bench and dropped a team-high 17 points in the contest for the Celtics but struggled from behind the arc as he only connected on 33 percent (two-of-six) of his three-point attempts. Teammate Kevin Garnett recorded a double-double in the game with 15 points and 12 rebounds while starting power forward Brandon Bass chipped in with 12 points — he was 5-of-15 in the game overall.

The young 76ers really held their own on the road in the legendary Boston Garden and proved that experience isn’t everything by defeating three Hall-of-Famers and closing out the game in the final seconds after converting all six free-throws down the stretch to seal the one-point victory.

Philly led the Celtics 57-51 entering the fourth quarter but found themselves down 72-71 after Boston shooting guard Avery Bradley hit a three-pointer to give the C’s the lead with just 2:20 remaining in the game.

The Sixers knocked down a trey a few seconds later but Boston responded once again with a Ray Allen 3-pointer to put the Celtics up 75-74 with 1:39 left to go.

A minute later Turner went hard to the hoop, eluded three Boston defenders in the lane, and got an acrobatic lay-up to fall that put the 76ers up 76-75 with 40 seconds remaining.

They held the lead and sank six straight free-throws down the stretch to ice the game 82-81.


Los Angeles Lakers vs Oklahoma City Thunder

Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder trounced the visiting Los Angeles Lakers 119-90 in the double-header playoff finale Monday night to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

Westbrook had a near triple-double performance as he poured in a game-high 27 points while dishing out nine assists and grabbing seven rebounds in the contest.

Superstar teammate Kevin Durant scored 25 points in the game and pulled down eight rebounds while handing out four helpers.

Sixth Man of the Year Award winner James Harden had 17 points off the bench and made a game-high 9-of-10 free-throws in 24 total minutes of action.

Laker legend Kobe Bryant struggled in the game as he shot 7-of-18 from the field overall for 20 points.

Big man Andrew Bynaum posted a double-double in the game as he matched Bryant’s scoring output of 20 points while grabbing a game-high 14 boards in the contest. Metta World Peace (12) and Pau Gasol (10) were also in double-figures for Los Angeles.

OKC led LA 30-23 at the end of the first quarter.

That’s the closest the game was all night.

The Thunder broke out a bit in the second period and extended their lead by doubling their seven-point first quarter advantage to 15 points, 59-44, by halftime.

Oklahoma City exploded in the third period and doubled their lead once again to 30 points by the end of the quarter as they took a 98-68 lead over the Lakers into the final 12 minutes of regulation.

Unrelenting to take their foot of the Lakers’ neck, the Thunder kept pouring in bucket after bucket and won the game 199-90 to go up 1-0 in the best of seven series.

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