A new Kobe chills Thunder
BY DARNELL MAYBERRY NewsOK.com
Monday, January 28, 2013
1/28/13 at 7:23 AM
LOS ANGELES - The final day of the longest road trip in franchise history ended in a day filled with frustration.
Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant combined to miss 32-of-48 shots, the Thunder's defense was the most dreadful it has been all season, and by the time the Lakers put the finishing touches on their 105-96 victory inside Staples Center on Sunday afternoon, Kobe Bryant had the locals calling him "Kobe Johnson."
"Kobe picked us apart," said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. "Fourteen assists back-to-back games. I don't know if he's ever had that before. But that tells you how great he is."
Bryant scored a team-high 21 points with nine rebounds to complement his 14 assists, which helped the Lakers shoot 55.4 percent and land six players in double figures.
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Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant shoots as Los Angeles' Pau Gasol (right) and Metta World Peace defend in Sunday's game. REED SAXON / Associated Press