“He hit some big shots and he’s hit a lot of big shots in this building,” Brooks said. “We’re thankful for him. We were down 15 and he hit a big three. We were down again and he hit another big three.”
In the closing moments, after the Thunder took a pair of five-point leads, the Lakers regrouped enough to nearly take it to overtime.
But Chris Kaman missed a game-tying free throw with 22 seconds left and Durant and Fisher then sealed it with four big free throws.
OKC is now 17-1 this season when it has five players in double-figures.
This was the Thunder’s 43rd win of the season, four more than the franchise (since relocation) has ever had entering the All-Star break. Twenty-two of those wins have come without All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook.
“I didn’t think that we would be in the position we’d be in now with Russell missing so many games,” Brooks admitted. “But it’s not because I don’t have faith and confidence in our team. The Western Conference is tough.”
The Thunder now has a week off before its next game, against the Heat on Thursday in OKC, the start of a six-game homestand.