What a close and crazy game it was last night in Oklahoma City. The Lakers went up against the young and exciting/up and coming Thunder headed by scoring machine Kevin Durrant. The Lakers got off to a great first quarter, then things got tight after that. They ended up winning in overtime 101-98.
Kobe Bryant was sick with the flu and still ended up with 31 points in 46 minutes of play because the game went into overtime. Bynum had a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Ron Artest came up huge with Kobe’s rest on the bench during the 4th quarter and ended up with 20 points, 6 assists, and a game high 5 steals.
I thought the Lakers looked good. They are still sloppy on offense at times. But holding the young Thunder under 100 points on their home turf shows that the Lakers defense has improved this year.
Let’s not forget, the Lakers are still without their second best player Pau Gasol due to a hamstring injury. On top of that Kobe Bryant had the flu. And they still came away with this win.
I think this win showed a lot of character for this Laker team. Something I think we can expect to see all year long.