With surpassing 30,000 career points in Kobe's rear view mirror he plans on continuing his reign of terror . Kobe who is currently leading the league in scoring at 28 points per contest goes up against another elite scorer in Durant . Oklahoma City Thunder who are on a season-high six game winning streak heading into tonight's games which is the two teams first meeting since last years playoff series.
"It's early in the year, they're a really good team," Durant said. "They've got so many good players, so many champions. They're going to turn this thing around pretty quickly."
Dwight Howard vs Serge Ibaka
Howard and Ibaka will both be manning the middle , this marquee match-up will be the battle of premier shot blockers. Ibaka averages a league-high 3.3 blocks while Howard is fourth at 2.8 . But will the lakers have trouble defending the Thunders front court with the lack of big men due to Pau Gasol absence with tendinitis in his knee .
Note : Los Angeles are 1-7 when Kobe Bryant scores at least 30