It started as an emotional night with an introduction fit for basketball royalty. The Thunder gave Kobe Bryant a heroes welcome complete with a video tribute voiced by his former high school coach. After that a thunderous loud standing ovation.
Kobe came out ready to play hitting three three pointers and a vintage fade away jump shot scoring 13 points. However, he wouldn’t score again and played 19 minutes in his final road game.
The Thunder on the other hand scored a lot. Russell Westbrook notched a triple-double…in the first half. He’s the first player to do that since Jason Kidd did it way back in 2010. Westbrook finished with 13 points, 14 assists, and 10 rebounds in the 112-79 victory. It was Westbrook’s 18th triple-double of the season. That ties Magic Johnson’s record of 18 back in 1981-82. Both of those are the most in the last 40 years.
Kevin Durant left an impression as well. He scored a game high 34 points. It was the 64th straight game Durant has scored 20 or more points. That breaks Kobe Bryant’s record of 63.
Overall it was an impressive win for the Thunder. They held the Lakers to 28% shooting for the game. On the flip side, the Thunder shot 44% from the field, hit 12 three’s and only turned the ball over 11 times.
In four combined meetings this year, OKC has beat the Lakers by a grand total of 112 points this season.
Next up for OKC, they travel to San Antonio to take on the Spurs in their regular season finale on Tuesday night.