*DRIVE: Kobe Bryant (left) tries to stop Kevin Durant who is driving away with the ball during their NBA match Friday night, 13 December, 2013. –
Three games into his comeback from injury, Kobe Bryant remains a work in progress for the Los Angeles Lakers.
While Kevin Durant’s Oklahoma City Thunder continued their early season roll Friday night.
Durant had 31 points, eight rebounds and five assists, Russell Westbrook added 19 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds and the Thunder routed the Los Angeles Lakers 122-97.
Serge Ibaka added 19 points and 10 rebounds for his 11th double-double of the season and Reggie Jackson also scored 19 for Oklahoma City, which has won five straight and 13 of its past 14 games.
The Thunder are unbeaten in 11 home games this season and have won four straight at home over the Lakers.
“We have a pretty good team”, Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said. “That’s been the case for a while now. One of the things that I tell the guys, every season has its own identity”.