Thunder coach Scott Brooks makes no pretense on how to defend Los Angeles Lakers All-Star Kobe Bryant.
"I think anybody who gives you an answer (on how to defend Bryant) is just giving you an answer." Brooks said.
All Brooks knows if Bryant is going to score a bunch of points, you hope he has to take a bunch of shots to do it.
"The guy has un-guardable shots, and the special ones are like that," Brooks said. "You want to force him to take some tough ones (and) that he becomes a volume shooter to get his points.
"Everybody has to help. You can't give him angles and gaps and holes in the defense because he will attack it. He's strong, he's athletic and he can jump over the defender. He has a great shot and he can drive either way. He's a one-in-a-generation type of player."
Bryant wound up scoring 24 points on 24 shots as OKC posted a 100-85 victory over the Lakers before another sellout crowd of 18,203 at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Bryant, who shot just 7 for 24 from the field, had 10 points in the first quarter, went scoreless in the second period and had 14 second-half points. He came in as the league's leading scorer at 28.5 points.
Bryant drew several fouls with his patented pump-fakes and finished 10 for 11 from the free-throw line.
Thunder All-Star Kevin Durant, the league's second-leading scorer with a 27.7-point average, finished with 33 points and shot 12 for 22 from the floor. He also had six assists and three steals
The Thunder used a three-man rotation on Bryant, beginning with Daequan Cook, then James Harden and Russell Westbrook, then back to the front of the line.
"I think with every great player, if you give them the same defense, they're going to figure it out and sometimes they're going to figure it out because they've seen everything," Brooks said. "Kobe's seen it all."
Cook said he tried to use the same approach against Bryant as any other player he defends.
"It's just about being prepared," Cook said. "At the end of the day, he's a scorer and you just try to contest every shot. That's all you can do. You really can't shut down any player. It's just about being smart, playing with energy and defending the best you can. That's the most important thing."
Harden, who grew up in the LA area, didn't back down from Bryant.
With 2:10 left in the game, Harden buried a 3-pointer over Bryant and then started staring at Bryant on the trip down court.
Bryant immediately called for the ball and backed down Harden, who partially blocked Bryant's fadeaway 11-footer and then started jawing at Bryant.
That led to a technical foul away from the argument from Metta World Peace.