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Ibaka block on Kobe highlights Thunder win

Serge Ibaka #9 of the Oklahoma City Thunder

Serge Ibaka #9 of the Oklahoma City Thunder tries to block Andrew Bynum #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 2. (May 16, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)

It's nice to have Serge Ibaka in the paint.

Ibaka, the NBA's leading shot-blocker during the regular season, turned away seven shots during the Thunder's 77-75 Game 2 win over the Lakers, including a nasty rejection of Kobe Bryant early in the first quarter.

Bryant took possession of the ball from the three-point line, and proceeded to put on a dribbling clinic. The veteran star switched hands several times with a series of crossovers before finally creating space and driving to his right.

Looking poised to finish up the play with a layup, Bryant was instead met by the OKC power forward, who swatted Bryant's shot.

Ibaka's block wound up third on the NBA's top five countdown last night. He was beaten out by Kevin Durant's scoop layups at No. 2, and a Paul Pierce dunk at No. 1.

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