Kobe Bryant scored 36 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter, and the Lakers won Game 3 against the Thunder, 99-96. The Thunder lead the best-of-seven game series, 2-1.
The Lakers made 41-42 free throw attempts, led by Bryant's 18-18 from the line. Los Angeles made 17-18 free throw attempts in the fourth quarter. All five Laker starters scored in double figures and Steve Blake scored 12 points off the bench. Pau Gasol had 12 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. Andrew Bynum also finished with a double-double, scoring 15 points to go with 11 rebounds.
Oklahoma City was also excellent from the free throw line, making 26-of-28 attempts. Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 31 points. Russell Westbrook scored 21 points to go with nine rebounds while James Harden scored 21 points off the bench. Durant missed a 3-pointer that would have tied the game with four seconds to play.