“It just goes back and forth a little bit,” Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said of Bryant and Steve Nash trading off as the team's top assist man. “Kobe's just being a little bit more aggressive because, to be honest with you, he's shooting the ball a lot better. It depends also on what other teams do. If he's passing the ball, they have to stay away a little bit and stay on Nash. … You'll just have to read the game.”
FAN'S HALF-COURT SHOT TO AID WIFE'S CANCER BATTLE
Fan Heath Kufahl made the MidFirst half-court shot between the third and fourth quarters to win $20,000.
His wife, Jenni, was recently diagnosed with cancer and that's where the money will go.
Oklahoma offensive lineman Gabe Ikard continues to invite a different teammate to each Thunder game. Seated with him in the front row Tuesday was fellow lineman Austin Woods, who was stricken with Hodgkin's lymphoma. … The Lakers missed their first 10 shots of the game and then made eight of their next 10. … OKC never trailed, jumped out to a 7-0 lead and led by as many as 18, but the Lakers trailed by just 110-105 with six minutes left. … Sign in the stands: “KOBE, SMACK THIS.”
Durant on teammate Serge Ibaka, who was fined $25,000 for punching former Oklahoma standout Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers in the groin area on Sunday afternoon: “Serge plays physical and everybody knows that. It was an unfortunate play. Serge is not a dirty player. Him and Blake Griffin always battle hard. It was just a tough play. I'm glad nobody was hurt, first off. Serge kept his cool and played well after that.”