Yahoo!: Kobe Bryant scored 31 points including the go-ahead jumper in overtime as the Los Angeles Lakers got tested in their first road game of the season, beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 101-98 on Tuesday night.

Bryant connected on a turnaround jumper from the left side with 2:29 to play to give the defending NBA champions a 99-97 lead and then hit two free throws with 18 seconds remaining to push the lead to three.

The Thunder had two chances to tie it late, but Thabo Sefolosha and Russell Westbrook each missed 3-pointers surrounding a pair of missed free throws by Lamar Odom.

Bryant grabbed the ball after Westbrook’s miss and tossed it toward the opposite end of the court to allow the final seconds to run off the clock.

Bryant had been fighting through flulike symptoms earlier in the day but his fever went down before the game started. He ended up making 9 of 22 shots and turning the ball over seven times, but came through when it counted.

  • NBAmazingKB24

    Our starters are playing way too hard.
    L.O. & Ron Ron42+ minutes!
    Kobe 45:41
    A Bynun 48:42
    We cant play our starting five this hard
    every single freaken game!!!
    Against THUNDER?

    I do understand that every battle will be harder for us
    since we are the champs! Its like we got a damn bulls eye target on our back.

    But daym!
    Where is the BENCH?
    They better step up or the starters
    will be tired by the time playoff comes.
    STEP UP BENCH! or get someone that can!!!

  • http://57.amklac kobe,bi-curious?

    road tested by oklahomo?this game should of been over bye half-time….these are the easy games,right?

  • Heron

    a bit of the ball-hog Kobe came out lastnight.