Thunder routs Lakers, now 0-3 with Bryant
Three games into his comeback from injury, Kobe Bryant remains a work in progress for the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Associated Press
OKLAHOMA CITY — Three games into his comeback from injury, Kobe Bryant remains a work in progress for the Los Angeles Lakers.
While Kevin Durant’s Oklahoma City Thunder continued its early-season roll Friday night.
Durant had 31 points, eight rebounds and five assists, Russell Westbrook added 19 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds, and the Thunder routed the Los Angeles Lakers 122-97.
Serge Ibaka added 19 points and 10 rebounds for his 11th double-double of the season and Reggie Jackson also scored 19 for Oklahoma City, which has won five straight and 13 of its past 14 games. The Thunder is unbeaten in 11 home games this season and has won four straight at home over L.A.
Los Angeles has lost all three games since Bryant’s return from a torn Achilles tendon. Bryant had 13 assists — just two shy of his career high — but showed little of his trademark offensive ability, finishing with four points on 2-of-6 shooting. He played 23 minutes and sat out the fourth quarter.
BOSTON — Avery Bradley, a former standout at Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma, scored seven of his 13 points in the fourth quarter, hitting a three-pointer with 2:38 to play to give the Celtics the lead for good, and Boston beat the New York Knicks 90-86.
Jared Sullinger had 19 points and six rebounds, all but one basket in the first half when the Celtics opened a 17-point lead. Courtney Lee scored 18 points for Boston, which snapped a two-game losing streak and held on to first place in the woeful Atlantic Division.
• DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points, former Husky Terrence Ross had a season-high 24 and the host Toronto Raptors beat Philadelphia 108-100, handing the 76ers their fifth straight loss. Former Husky Tony Wroten scored 23 points for the 76ers and ex-Husky Spencer Hawes had 15.
• Former Husky Isaiah Thomas scored 29 points, but the Sacramento Kings lost 116-107 to the host Phoenix Suns.
• Lance Stephenson had 20 points and 11 rebounds to help Indiana improve its franchise-record home start to 11-0 with a 99-94 win over Charlotte.
• Golden State Warriors center Jermaine O’Neal underwent arthroscopic surgery for a torn ligament in his right wrist.
• The New Orleans Pelicans waived forward Josh Childress.
• Former NBA All-Star Chris Gatling, 46, was sentenced in Phoenix to four years of probation for squatting at a home and then trying to list the house for rent.