Los Angeles Lakers: Kobe Bryant’s best game against every team in NBA

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Kobe Bryant’s best game against the Oklahoma City Thunder- Game 2 of the Western Conference playoffs in 2010

In 2010 the Oklahoma City Thunder were on the cusp of turning into a powerhouse in the Western Conference with the three young stars Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden all on the same roster. Kobe shut the door on them making any run at winning their series in 2010, and that helped the Lakers go on to win his fifth and final championship that season.

His best game of that series was in Game 2 when he scored a game-high 39 points. He also tallied five rebounds, two steals, and one assist and took a commanding two to nothing lead in the series.

Kevin Durant went back and forth with Bryant in this one and put in 32 points of his own for the Thunder. The Lakers ended up winning the game 95 to 92 and they needed all of Kobe’s 39 points to get it done.

The Oklahoma City Thunder was not moved over from Seattle until the middle of Kobe’s career, so even though they were a Western Conference team he did not play them as much as some of the other teams out West. This scoring total was the third-highest Bryant ever had against OKC and since it was during a playoff run that ended in a title, it is his best game against them.