Kobe Bryant hasn’t played much against Kevin Durant in the past couple of seasons, so on Wednesday, KD made sure he gave Kobe a few (final) reminders of how good he is.
Midway through the first quarter, KD blocked a 3-point shot by Kobe, Kobe picked up the loose ball and then exchanged smiles with KD before trying to post him up. The play ended with Kobe getting stripped by KD.
On the other end, Kobe didn’t have much better luck trying to stop KD from scoring. With a little less than 3 minutes in the 2nd quarter, KD crossed Kobe on consecutive plays. After the 2nd one, the two NBA greats shared another laugh as they ran back down the court.
“I hadn’t played against him in a while, and I forgot how long he was,” Bryant said. “He plays with no fear. I’d still like to see him post-up more. He’d be unstoppable in the block, at his size. But he’s just a fantastic player. That’s the type of stuff that I’ll miss — the competition That’s the fun stuff.”
Kobe ended the night with 19 points on 7 of 22 shooting. Kevin Durant had 21 points on 7 of 9 shooting. He also had 7 rebounds and 5 assists in just 28 minutes of the 35 point victory for the Thunder.
This was the Thunder’s 12th win against the Lakers in their last 15 meetings.