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* Bryant scores 36 in clutch win

* Sixers even series with Boston at 2-2

By Jahmal Corner

May 18 (Reuters) – Kobe Bryant refused to let a second
straight game slip through his fingers as the Los Angeles Lakers
beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 99-96 in a cliffhanger on Friday
to avoid going 3-0 down in their NBA playoff series.

Bryant endured a tough 9-for-25 shooting night to score 36
points, including eight of his team’s final 10, helping LA notch
a crucial home win in the second-round West matchup.

The Lakers squandered a seven-point lead in the final two
minutes to lose a heart-breaker in Game Two, but this time they
clawed back from a five-point deficit in the final three

Bryant was a perfect 18 of 18 from the free throw line,
while the Lakers were a combined 41 for 42 from the stripe in a
clutch win.

Kevin Durant tallied 31 points, but missed a long potential

Source : UPDATE 2-RPT-NBA-Lakers avoid 0-3 hole as 76ers even series – Chicago Tribune