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News » LAKERS 107, THUNDER 93 2009-02-27


LAKERS 107, THUNDER 93 2009-02-27


LAKERS 107, THUNDER 93 2009-02-27
Trailing by as many as 18 points, the Thunder twice whittled the Lakers' lead to one, only to be reminded why Kobe Bryant is the reigning league MVP.

Scoring a game-high 36 points, Bryant led the Lakers to a 107-93 win Tuesday night at the Ford Center.

Oklahoma City has lost six consecutive games but had a sellout crowd dreaming of an upset until Bryant squashed the rally with 26 second-half points. Bryant was 8-of-9 from the field after intermission.

"I like the way our guys fought back," said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. "Give Kobe credit. That's why he's the best player in this league. He makes tough shots. He makes clutch shots."

The Thunder clawed to within 75-74 and 81-80 early in the fourth quarter but never took the lead.

"They came out on fire," said Kevin Durant, who scored 32 points, his ninth 30-point game this month. "With their defensive concepts, it's hard to score on them. That's why they're a great team."

Los Angeles shot 52.6 percent, but the Thunder's defense was improved. The Lakers hit several contested shots.

"At stretches we bothered them," Brooks said. "We have to continue to focus on the defensive end. ... This is a game we can learn from. When you play the best team in Basketball, you have to take some things from them."


Author: Fox Sports
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Added: February 27, 2009

 

 
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