Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is still trying to work himself back into the flow three games into his comeback from injury. Playing against Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder Friday night proved that both Bryant and the Lakers have a long way to go.
Durant scored 31 points, eight rebounds and five assists and Russell Westbrook had 19 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds as the Thunder steamrolled the Lakers 122-97.
Serge Ibaka added 19 points and 10 rebounds and Reggie Jackson also helped with 19 for Oklahoma City. The team has improved to five straight games and also won 13 of its past 14 games.
The Thunder are unbeaten in 11 home games this season.
“We have a pretty good team,” Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said. “That’s been the case for a while now. One of the things that I tell the guys, every season has its own identity.
“We started the season knowing that we wanted to … just continue to build trust in each other and just focus on each other and not worry about anything else, but trying to make your teammates look good. It’s early, but we’ve done a great job with that.”