The last thing the fiery rivalry between the Thunder and Lakers needed was more gasoline.
It got some anyway Sunday.
Thunder guard Russell Westbrook and Lakers guard Kobe Bryant got into a brief shoving match with 8:05 remaining in the third quarter of L.A.'s 105-96 win at Staples Center. The two exchanged words, and Bryant was hit with a technical foul but both were allowed to remain in the game.
“He pushed me. That's what happened,” Westbrook said of Bryant. “I just got pushed. I don't mind talking, but I don't like nobody putting their hands on me.”
Bryant was not asked about the brief dust-up.
Westbrook, who struggled through a 6-for-22 shooting night, had just missed his 11th shot in 12 attempts and was running back on defense attempting to steal the ball from behind as Bryant attacked the basket. Westbrook was whistled for a foul and appeared to make contact with Bryant's leg. Bryant then pushed Westbrook in the back at the end of the play. Westbrook immediately turned and shoved Bryant right back.
The two were then separated and play resumed.
IBAKA TAKES A HARD FALL
With 1.9 seconds remaining in the first quarter, Thunder forward Serge Ibaka took a hard spill when he bit on a pump fake by Lakers forward Antawn Jamison.
Ibaka was undercut as Jamison attempted a shot while being fouled by Ibaka, and Ibaka landed hard on his right side in front of the Lakers' bench.
After immediately being subbed out of the game, Ibaka retuned with 5:51 left in the second quarter and finished the game.
Ibaka scored 10 points on 5-for-10 shooting with six rebounds and four blocked shots in 35 minutes.
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.
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.