Kobe Bryant scored 31 points and hit the go-ahead jumper in overtime as the Los Angeles Lakers got tested in their first road game of the season, beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 101-98 on Tuesday night.
Bryant connected on a turnaround jumper from the left side with
2:29 to play to give the defending NBA champions a 99-97 lead and
then hit two free throws with 18 seconds remaining to push the lead
The Thunder had two chances to tie it late, but Thabo Sefolosha
and Russell Westbrook each missed 3-pointers surrounding a pair of
missed free throws by Lamar Odom.
Bryant grabbed the ball after Westbrook's miss and tossed it
toward the opposite end of the court to allow the final seconds to
run off the clock.