Kobe Sinks Sonics' Hopes in OT

123-121 win comes courtesy of Bryant's 6 unanswered points
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 15, 2008 5:12 AM CST
Seattle SuperSonics' Kurt Thomas (44) and Jeff Green, center, try to defend as Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, left, passes above them in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 14, 2008,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Kurt Thomas' two missed free throws in overtime left the door open for the Lakers, and Kobe Bryant came charging through it to score the final six points of the game and put away the Sonics, 123-121. Bryant had a season-high 48 points; LA's next-highest scorer was Ronny Tuiaf with 14, reports the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Nick Collison produced a huge double-double with 24 points and 18 boards for the Sonics, while Seattle's star rookie Kevin Durant struggled with his shot, making just six of 26 and ending up with 19 points. "You always want to try to be the one to stop him, but with a guy like Kobe, it's hard," Durant said.