The Los Angeles Lakers finished out a three-game road trip, and Kobe Bryant's final game away from Southern California, with a 112-79 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. It was a blowout and the kind of game we've come to expect from the franchise-worst Lakers, but every fleeting moment left with the Black Mamba gives even games like this some extra weight to appreciate.
Some extra weight is exactly what Kevin Durant unloaded on the Lakers, though, scoring a game-high 34 points in just 27 minutes, making for some light work to start his work week. Kobe put in a team-high 13 points in a limited 18-minute performance, saving up the minutes he has left in his legs for the grand finale on Wednesday.
Russell Westbrook added some extra significance to the night as he faced off against Bryant one last time, tying Magic Johnson for most triple-doubles in a single season. The monstar that he is, Russ had his triple-double in the books in under 18 minutes.
That about sums up how quickly the Thunder struck the Lakers.
The Lakers shot just 28 percent as a team, and a 13-point third quarter all but doomed them in Game 81 of their season. The journey is almost over, both for this incredibly bad team, and the incredible career of Kobe Bryant. One more to go.