(OKLAHOMA CITY) — The Oklahoma City Thunder hadn’t played a game in nine days, but the players didn’t show an ounce of rust. The team had a franchise low four turnovers as the Thunder leveled the Los Angeles Lakers, 119-90.
“I think we needed a few days to be honest,” Thunder forward Kevin Durant said after scoring 25 points. “With the way the season was going we were playing almost every other day, so a few days did help. Coach did a great job of letting us go at it in practice and compete hard and got us ready. We came out tonight with a lot of energy.”
The Thunder held Lakers guard Kobe Bryant to 20 points.
“Kobe Bryant is one of the best players to ever…ever play this game,” Thunder head coach Scott Brooks said. “All we want to do is make him take some tough shots. And he can make those tough shots. We did a good job on him, but that is only one game.”
Game 2 kicks-off at 9:30 PM ET Wednesday in Oklahoma City.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN