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.