Kobe Bryant scored 13 points and had two steals to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 50-47 halftime lead over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 3 of their second round NBA playoff series Friday night at Staples Center. The Thunder lead the best-of-seven series two games to none.
The Lakers led 23-15 after one quarter. Metta World Peace hit a three-pointer in the final second of the half to give the Lakers their lead.
Pau Gasol had six points and six rebounds for the Lakers, who shot 44.4% (16 for 36) in the first half. Andrew Bynum had eight points and four rebounds, while Ramon Sessions added 10 points.
Russell Westbrook had 14 points and five assists for the Thunder, who shot 41.0% (16 for 39) in the opening half. James Harden, who was booed by the Staples Center crowd for apparently putting his head in the way of World Peace's elbow three weeks ago, scored 12 points in 15 minutes off the bench.