NBA • LA Lakers fight back, close gap against the Oklahoma City Thunder

Kobe Bryant shot a perfect 18-of-18 from the free-throw line and had a game-high 36 points as the Los Angeles Lakers beat Oklahoma City 99-96 to hand the Thunder their first loss of the 2012 playoffs.

To make way for tens of thousands of sports fans, L.A. is closing several streets Sunday. The Kings, Lakers, Clippers and a massive bike tour are all hitting downtown.

By DAN GELSTON AP Kobe Bryant didn't miss on 18 free throws and scored 14 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter, and the Lakers, who went 41-for-42 from the line, rallied late for a 99-96 victory over the Thunder in Game 3 last night in Los Angeles,

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