According to Ric Bucher of CSN Bay Area, Oklahoma City Thunder players Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook wanted to prove Kobe Bryant wrong. Apparently, during the 2012 Olympics in London, Kobe Bryant was constantly talking so much smack towards the two Thunder players. Kobe was saying that Durant and Westbrook will not be able to get to the NBA Finals again after the Lakers acquired Steve Nash and Dwight Howard.
Bucher also said that Kobe had one assignment during their Team USA basketball practices and that was to guard Russell Westbrook. He was doing this to get Westbrook riled up and cause a rift between him and Kevin Durant. On the other hand, Kevin Durant got tired of Kobe inciting Russ and put everything he had to beat the Lakers on Friday evening.
Kobe being Kobe. He is not passing that torch just yet. On the other hand, the Lakers are not doing too well this season so Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook probably incited Kobe by beating the Lakers. This is a good example of some good Old School/New School trash talk.