NBA Game Summary - LA Lakers at Oklahoma City
(Tuesday, March 24th)
Final Score: LA Lakers 107, Oklahoma City 89
Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) - Kobe Bryant scored 19 points to lead a balanced attack as the Los Angeles Lakers continued their success against the Oklahoma City franchise by crushing the Thunder, 107-89, at the Ford Center.
Pau Gasol tallied 14 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists for the Lakers, who moved to 2-0 on a season-long seven-game road trip. Lamar Odom chipped in 18 points and six boards before fouling out for Los Angeles, which moved to a Western Conference-best 56-14 by notching its sixth victory in seven games. The Lakers are a game behind Cleveland for the best record in the NBA.
Josh Powell scored 14 off the bench for the Lakers, who didn't trail the entire game and rode a strong first quarter to beat the Thunder/Sonics for the ninth straight time.
"We took care of the ball," said Bryant. "When we had a lead we did a good job of not mishandling it or putting them at the free throw line. I think those two things allow you to keep a big lead.
Kevin Durant scored 24 for Oklahoma City, which lost for a fifth time in seven contests. Jeff Green tallied 12 points, while Nenad Krstic scored 11 in a losing cause. All five Oklahoma City starters reached double figures as Thabo Sefolosha and Russell Westbrook each netted 10, while Nick Collison contributed 10 points and eight rebounds in a reserve role.
"We have to fight back a little bit better," said Collison. "We didn't do that tonight. It's not a trend. We haven't done that all year so hopefully we won't start now."
Green's tip-in had the hosts within 8-6 less than three minutes into the contest, but the Lakers ran off the ensuing nine points, capped by a Derek Fisher jumper. Odom had the first seven points of the run.
LA netted the final eight points of the opening quarter, expanding the lead to 37-20, and the Lakers made it a blowout in the waning minutes of the half. They used an 11-0 run to end the second quarter for a 62-38 cushion. Bryant's three-ball keyed the spurt, which was capped by a Trevor Ariza jam.
The Lakers maintained a comfortable lead throughout the third and Powell scored eight of the team's last 10 points of the period for a 90-72 advantage.
Bryant rested in the fourth as the Lakers cruised down the stretch.
The Lakers, who beat Chicago on Saturday to start the road trip, play at Detroit on Thursday...The Thunder begin a three-game road trek on Friday in Toronto...Phil Jackson coached in his 726th game with the Lakers, moving past John Kundla for second-most in franchise history. Only Pat Riley (727) has coached more games with the Lakers, but Jackson is due to pass him when the Lakers visit New Jersey on Friday...The Lakers hold the league's best road record at 25-9, while the Thunder fell to 14-23 at home...Fisher and Luke Walton each scored 11 for the Lakers...Los Angeles converted 19 Thunder turnovers into 24 points...Oklahoma City went 3-of-18 from three-point range.
03/25 00:24:23 ET