The game was so much more than about the game. Because the game, was not very good. With a 26-6 run in the opening eight minutes of the third quarter the Thunder blew open the game and as anticipated, routed the Lakers.
Russell Westbrook got a triple-double in the first half, in 17 minutes and 35 seconds. Kevin Durant scored 34 in 28 minutes, 16 coming in a flurry to open the third. And that was that. At one point with five minutes left, the Thunder had outscored the Lakers in the second half 52-18.
But it was the scene, the atmosphere, the appreciation that happened. Metta World Peace took the floor for probably the last time in the Peake and
Look, there’s a lot to be said about Kobe Bryant. Everyone’s pretty much said it all. It’s a polarizing topic right now, but I will say this: It felt special seeing him tonight. He’s one of the titans of the game, a true legend in every sense, and seeing him play his final road game was fantastic. There were a few neat moments along the way, from the opening tribute video, to the eruption in the crowd when he hit a shot, to his 1-on-1 trash-talking with Durant. It was all terrific. And I’m going to dearly miss watching the guy. Keep Reading…