Fouls Kept Lakers-Thunder From Being the Beautiful Game

Fouls Kept Lakers-Thunder From Being the Beautiful Game

Playoff crunch time, with a thousand story lines in play. This is why people love the NBA. 

But -- it happens! -- the Thunder's Serge Ibaka and Russell Westbrook converged on the ball as Gasol reached for it, and a whistle sounded. A foul on Ibaka. There were five minutes and six seconds left in the game. 

Never mind. Dreams will come true on another play. From that point on, there were 24 possessions. 24 opportunities for something to happen. 24 players on the teams' active rosters, all of whom had trained meticulously just for moments like this. Somebody was bound to do something amazing. Something acrobatic, something daring, something that would make you stand and cheer.

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