(Sporting Alert) — Kobe Bryant and his LA Lakers teammates were no match for Kevin Durant and Oklahoma City Thunder as the latter wrapped up the Western Conference semi-finals series with an easy 106-90 win at the Chesapeake Energy Arena Monday night.
Video Highlights Oklahoma City Thunder beat Los Angeles Lakers, 106-90
Thunder took the series 4-1 and moved on to the Western Conference final where they will face the San Antonio Spurs, who swept the LA Clippers 4-0 in their semis.
Also on Monday night, the Boston Celtics beat the Philadelphia 76ers 101-85 and a take a 3-2 lead in their Easter Conference semi-finals.
In Oklahoma City, it was Russell Westbrook and Durant combining once again to push the Thunder to victory.
Westbrook finished the game with 28 points, while Durant collected 25 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and two steals to help setup the win.
James Harden had 17 points and eight rebounds and Kendrick Perkins finished with 11 boards.
For the Lakers, Kobe Bryant led the way with 42 points on 18 of 33 shooting from the field, but there were little other support in the scoring department.
Pau Gasol ended with 14 points and 16 rebounds, but Andrew Bynum only had 10 points and four rebounds in his 35 minutes.
Over at the TD Garden in Boston, the Celtics pulled with one game of advancing to the conference finals, following their win against the 76ers.
Bass, who got a standing ovation when he was pulled out with 2 minutes left – hit 18 of his career-high 27 points in the third quarter for the Celtics and he was supported well by Kevin Garnett, who finished with 20 points and six rebounds.
“We’ve got a few good players on the team that they had to focus on,” said Bass. “That left me open, and I was able to take advantage of my opportunity.”
Rajon Rondo had 14 assists and 13 points, while Paul Pierce finished the game with 16 points.
Elton Brand led the 76ers with 19 points, but Andre Iguodala sturggled with his shoot and only had eight points on 3 of 10 from the floor.