Derrick Fisher returned to the Staples Center for the first time since being traded earlier this season to Oklahoma City. He was greeted with a standing ovation by the LA crowd. Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant started slowly. Once the NBA’s highest-scoring duo got going, they ran right through the Los Angeles Lakers.
Westbrook scored 36 points, Durant added 21 and the West-leading Oklahoma City Thunder won 102-93 on Thursday night for their fifth consecutive victory in the matchup of division leaders.
Andrew Bynum had 25 points and 13 rebounds, and Bryant added 23 points on 7-of-25 shooting for the Lakers, who have lost their past two at home and are 0-2 against the Thunder this season, including a 15-point road loss last month.
Bryant viewed the game as a measuring stick against the West leaders, who are 39-12. The Lakers are third at 31-20.
Video: Derek Fisher, a 5-time champion with the Los Angeles Lakers, made his first return back to the Staples Center since being traded to the Thunder and was given a standing ovation from the LA crowd!
Video: Russell Westbrook Buzzer Beater vs Lakers. Russell Westbrook hits the running three as time expires in the third quarter. Oklahoma City Thunder vs Los Angeles Lakers march 29, 2012. Russell Westbrook Buzzer Beater.
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