The Lakers won their second consecutive game by defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder, 105-96, on Sunday afternoon at Staples Center.
Coming in with the best record in the NBA, the Thunder are now 34-11 after getting outscored by the Lakers, 30-21, in the final quarter.
Kobe Bryant had one of his best games of the season with 21 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds. It's the second game in a row that Bryant finished one rebound short of a triple-double and one assist short of tying his career high.
Bryant also spent most of the game guarding Thunder All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook. Although Westbrook was also one rebound short of a triple double with 17 points, 13 assists and nine boards, he made only six of 22 shots from the field.
The Lakers survived foul trouble that limited Dwight Howard to 30 minutes, relying primarily on Pau Gasol as their center. Gasol finished with 16 points on seven-of-10 shooting along with four rebounds and four assists.
Lakers pull away in fourth quarter for victory over Thunder
Los Angeles Times | Jan 27