Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook, Kobe Bryant get chippy

Westbrook said: “He pushed me. ... I don't mind talking, but I don't like nobody putting their hands on me.”
by Darnell Mayberry Published: January 27, 2013
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photo - Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) throws a pass and hits Oklahoma City Thunder forward Nick Collison (4) in the mouth during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. The Lakers won 105-96. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) ORG XMIT: LAS107
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) throws a pass and hits Oklahoma City Thunder forward Nick Collison (4) in the mouth during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. The Lakers won 105-96. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) ORG XMIT: LAS107

FACES IN THE CROWD

Notable faces in attendance at Sunday's game included rapper and Brooklyn Nets minority owner Jay-Z, Los Angeles Dodgers star and Midwest City native Matt Kemp, former Thunder and Lakers guard Derek Fisher, actor Denzel Washington, actor Alessandro Nivola, former NBA forward Horace Grant and baseball stars Vernon Wells and Michael Young.

TIP-INS

Westbrook and Bryant both entered the fourth quarter one rebound shy of triple-doubles. Neither got that last rebound. It would have been the first time since November 2007 when Caron Butler and Baron Davis did it that opposing players got a triple-double in the same game. … Westbrook's 27 assists in the last two games are his most ever in a two-game span. … Lakers owner Jerry Buss celebrated his 79th birthday Sunday. He was not in attendance while battling health issues. … Lakers center Dwight Howard went 2-for-10 from the foul line. The Lakers made just 16 of 29. … There were 16 ties and 18 lead changes in Sunday's game. … Oklahoma City will have three days off before hosting Memphis on Thursday. The Thunder is 0-1 when it has at least three days rest. … Westbrook was called for a technical foul with 5:22 left in the third quarter for griping about a no-call on a dunk attempt.

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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