OKLAHOMA CITY — The Lakers held the Oklahoma City Thunder to 31 points on 12-for-40 shooting (30 percent) in the second half today and won their fourth consecutive game. Kobe Bryant scored 17 points and passed Elvin Hayes for seventh place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Bryant has 27,320 points in his career. Pau Gasol scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Lakers. Andrew Bynum scored 16 points, took 10 rebounds and had five blocked shots. Ron Artest scored 10 points and held Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant to 21 points on 8-for-20 shooting, well off his season average of 28.6 points on 46.6 percent shooting. Next: at Minnesota on Tuesday.
Bryant on watching Hayes on videotape: “Oh yeah, yeah, he had an incredible fallaway. He was one of the first guys to have that baseline fallaway jump shot. His baseline fallaway was incredible, so I learned quite a bit from him, from that shot.”
Artest on Durant: “I don’t mind somebody scoring 50 on me. It hasn’t happened yet. If another player busts me up on the court, kind of destroys me, great game. It doesn’t happen often. In my career, in 12 years, I don’t know what other player can say that.”