Thunder Hold Off Lakers In L.A.
Russell Westbrook had 36 points and 12 rebounds, and made two clinching free throws in the final seconds to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 117-113 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night, January 8, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles,
In a game that saw the lead change hands several times in the fourth quarter, the Thunder took the lead for good when Steven Adams scored on a slam dunk off an assist from Westbrook to give OKC a 112-110 lead.
With under 10 seconds to go, the Lakers trailed by two, 115-113, and had a chance to tie it or take the lead, but Kobe Bryant missed a runner on the right side as he tried to shoot over Kevin Durant.
Westbrook got the rebound and was fouled and hit two free throws with 3 seconds left to clinch the win.
Durant had 24 points on 10 of 15 shooting and added 7 rebounds.
Enes Kanter had 15 points and 9 rebounds, while Cameron Payne scored 11 and Adams 10.
The Thunder had to overcome 44 points from Lou Williams of the Lakers, who hit 15 of 15 at the free throw line.
Bryant had 19 points for Los Angeles.
The Thunder shot 51 percent from the field and outrebounded L.A. by 11.
OKC has won seven in a row over the Lakers and four straight at the Staples Center.
The Thunder improved to 25-11 on the season with the win in the first of a three-game road trip.
OKC visits Portland Sunday night at 8:00 central time.