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Defense was the constant for Lakers

Though L.A. had moments of doubt, it knew what it would take to win the series

Updated: May 1, 2010, 6:23 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The first leg of the Los Angeles Lakers' championship defense was accomplished with defense.

The Lakers were able to thump out the Thunder in six grueling games not by the baskets they scored, but by the potential baskets they prevented.

In the Lakers' thrilling 95-94 win Friday to close out the series and earn a date with the Utah Jazz to begin the second round Sunday at Staples Center, Los Angeles held Oklahoma City to a paltry 36.5 percent shooting from the field ...

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