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Los Angeles Lakers Get Statement Win Over Oklahoma City Thunder

January 27th, 2013 at 3:57 PM
By Brandon Duran

Quite frankly, the Los Angeles Lakers played their best team basketball game of the entire season, getting a statement win over perhaps the best team in the NBA. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers to a 105-96 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Bryant finished a rebound short of a triple double with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 14 assists. It was the second straight game in which Bryant dished out 14 assists. It was a tight game late in the fourth but the Thunder only scored 5 points in the final three minutes and the Lakers escaped with a big win.

The Lakers played unselfish basketball throughout the game, posting 29 assists on 41 made field goals. The bench had a significant effect on the game, adding 33 points to the point total. Pau Gasol who came off the bench had 16 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists. Antawn Jamison had 12 points off 4-of-6 shooting.

Steve Nash had 17 points and 5 assists, Earl Clark had 11 points and 4 rebounds, and Metta World Peace had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Dwight Howard had a slow game, with 8 points and 10 rebounds, shooting 2-of-10 from the free throw line.

The Thunder were led by Kevin Durant, who had 35 points and 4 assists. Durant and Westbrook both had off nights, with Durant going 10-of-26 and Westbrook going 6-of-22 from the field.

Los Angeles has now won two straight and are off until Tuesday when they welcome the New Orleans Hornets to Staples Center. The Lakers have now jumped up to the 10th spot in the Western Conference. The Lakers played complete basketball on Sunday, and if the Lakers make a run to the playoffs, Sunday’s game could be the game the team looks back to as the game that changed the season. 

Tags: Antawn Jamison, Basketball, Dwight Howard, Earl Clark, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Lakers, Metta World Peace, NBA, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City Thunder, Pau Gasol, Staples Center, Steve Nash

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