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News » LAKERS 101, THUNDER 85 2009-11-26


LAKERS 101, THUNDER 85 2009-11-26


LAKERS 101, THUNDER 85 2009-11-26The Oklahoma City Thunder walked into Staples Center looking for a Basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night and a concert broke out.

No, really.

It was that kind of night in the Thunder's 101-85 blowout at the hands of the defending champions, the final score much closer than this game ever was.

With the Lakers leading 86-60, Grammy-Award winning recording artist Will.i.am, to everyone's surprise, suddenly grabbed a microphone during a fourth-quarter timeout and began singing the lyrics to his Black Eyed Peas hit, "I got a feeling."

He was joined by band member Fergie. The sellout crowd at Staples Center joined in. Will.i.am. then introduced B-Real from the rap group Cypress Hill, who stood next to Yankess third baseman Alex Rodriguez.

The scene was just one of several surreal, head-shaking sideshows.

Kobe Bryant, who scored a game-high 26 points, started the festivities with a first quarter that included an improbable behind-the-basket jump shot over Thunder guard James Harden. Bryant would finish with 13 points with four assists and three rebounds to help the Lakers take a 35-16 lead after the first period.

The game was over at that point, and the people-watching commenced.

The Thunder trailed by as many as 28 points, and all eyes turned to the star-studded gallery inside the arena, a list that included actors Jack Nicholson and Andy Garcia, rappers Jay-Z and Drake and former NBA player and current ESPN analyst Jalen Rose.

If the crowd wasn't entertained enough, Bryant threw in one more behind-the-basket jumper in the second half, and Lakers guard Shannon Brown brought all 18,997 to their feet with an amazing finish on what looked to be an alley-oop pass from Jordan Farmar that sailed too high. Brown threw down the jam with one hand, bringing even Jay-Z out of his seat and onto the court before he left the building to flashing bulbs from fans who filled the lower bowl.

The Thunder , on the other hand, simply walked out of Staples Center with its latest setback after a momentum-building win over Washington on Friday night. Oklahoma City shot just 37.2 percent, including a dismal 3-for-23 from behind the 3-point line. The Lakers scored 25 points off the Thunder's 19 turnovers and held Oklahoma City to just 34 points in the first half.


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Author: Fox Sports
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Added: November 26, 2009

 

 
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