LA Lakers Get Past Oklahoma City Thunder 90-87

The Los Angeles Lakers moved further away from the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference standings by beating the Thunder 90-87 on Sunday. The Lakers’ starting big men finished with double-doubles to keep their firm hold of third spot and moving four and a half games ahead of Oklahoma City.

The Thunder had the chance to tie the game in the final seconds when Lamar Odom missed two free throws but Kevin Durant and James Harden missed their three-point attempts.

Pau Gasol had 18 points and 11 rebounds while Andrew Bynum finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Kobe Bryant finished with 17 points and seven assists for the Lakers.

New Thunder acquisition Kendrick Perkins form the Boston Celtics has not seen action due to a sprained knee but he could provide the interior muscle in the playoffs.

Russell Westbrook paced the Thunder with 22 points while Durant finished the game with 21 points. Thabo Sefolosha scored 10 points while Harden had 14 points off the bench.

 

Derek Fisher Stays Loyal To LA Lakers

Veteran point guard Derek Fisher had two shots at another NBA championship. For one, the Miami Heat is reportedly interested in signing him up to join its big three of LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. On the other hand, he also has an opportunity to play alongside Kobe Bryant and the LA Lakers to go for another three-peat next NBA season.

What made Fisher decide to stay with the Lakers is beyond the money he could possibly earn. After playing eleven seasons with Kobe and winning five NBA rings so far, it was hard for him to leave what he has called home for almost the entirety of his professional basketball career.

The core of last year’s champion team is still intact with Bryant, Lamar Odom, Pau Gasol, Ron Artest and Andrew Bynum. With Derek Fisher back in the Lakers lineup next season, they are just as formidable as last year and will surely pose a huge roadblock to contenders like the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics. One more ring, Kobe!