OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 21: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder reacts after scoring while fouled against the Los Angeles Lakers during Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena on May 21, 2012 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. 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 Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Another Lakers season has ended in second-round disappointment. They didn't get swept, and tonight's Game Five wasn't a disaster on a historic scale comparable to the Game Four hammering in Dallas a year ago, but that's probably not making any of you feel much better right now. After hanging in there for almost three quarters, the Lake Show succumbed to a 20 to 4 Thunder run spanning the end of the third and start of the fourth periods, setting up a garbage-time celebration in OKC that's still going on. Led by Russell Westbrook (28 points) and Kevin Durant (25 points), the Thunder blitzed the Laker defense for 1.14 points per possession. Kobe Bryant (42 points) had an excellent night but got no help from anyone but Metta World Peace. Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum were thoroughly awful. As a team the Lakers pulled in just three offensive boards, their lowest total since I have no idea. They were equally bad on the defensive glass.
More to come later tonight. Welcome to the offseason.