The L.A. Lakers held off elimination in Game 7 against the Denver Nuggets. They won 96-87 and advanced to the second round of the NBA playoffs against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder will host the first two games in Oklahoma City before going to Los Angeles for games 3 and 4. Pau Gasol finished with 23 points and 17 rebounds and Andrew Bynum had a huge game also with 16 points and 18 rebounds. Kobe Bryant had a quiet 17 points in the Lakers’ decisive Game 7, after blowing a 16-point lead. In the other semi-final series, Boston held on to beat the Philadelphia Sixers 92-91, running out the game clock with 3.4 seconds left by having Rajon Rondo running in the opponent’s direction of the basket.