Kobe, Durant Take Center Stage As Lakers Battle Thunder In Sunday Matinee On ABC

Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers look for their fourth straight win today, but will have to do so on the road against Kevin Durant and the new-look Oklahoma City Thunder in a matinee on ABC. Well, sort of. Center Kendrick Perkins, the biggest of the Thunder's two big man acquisitions on Thursday, won't play today as he is out another week or so with a left knee injury. The Lakers beat the Thunder in their only meeting this season, 101-94 on January 17 at Staples Center.

Kobe Bryant scored 24 points Friday night against the Clippers, which put him over the 1,500 point mark on the season, the 11th consecutive year Kobe has scored at least 1,500 points. It is the longest streak in the NBA since Karl Malone scored 1,500 points in 12 straight years, from the 1986-87 season to 1997-98, per the Elias Sports Bureau. Bryant also needs just 11 points to pass Elvin Hayes for seventh place on the NBA all-time scoring list.

The Thunder have lost their last two games, including a 23-point shellacking Friday in Orlando. However, they have not lost three straight games all season, one of four NBA teams this year to share that distinction. Including the loss to the Lakers on January 17, the Thunder are 9-8 in their last 17 games. They are currently in first place in the Northwest Division and hold the fourth seed in the Western Conference, 3½ games behind the Lakers. Oklahoma City is 20-8 at home this season. The Lakers are 20-11 on the road this season, the fourth best road record in the NBA.

For more information on today's game, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Los Angeles

You must be a member of SB Nation Los Angeles to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Los Angeles. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Los Angeles

You must be a member of SB Nation Los Angeles to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Los Angeles. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.