Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) goes up for a shot in front of Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol (16), of Spain, in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
It's what he does
Kobe Bryant never saw a shot he didn't like, and on Thursday he liked 24 of them. Unfortunately, he only liked seven of them enough for them to go in the hoop, good for 24 points. Kobe and the Lakers were no match for the league's best team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, falling 100-85 to the team with the best overall and home records in the NBA going into the All-Star break.
Thunder All-Star Kevin Durant gives us a poster-worthy dunk during Oklahoma City's dominant 100-85 win at home over the Lakers. Durant led all scorers on Thursday with 33 points as OKC went into the break with the league's best record. In addition to playing in the All-Star Game again, Durant will also headline this weekend's Three-Point Shootout.
Russell Westbrook may look like he's throwing this shot up off-balanced, but that's just the way he rolls. The Thunder's All-Star point guard helped his team dominate the Lakers 100-85 on Thursday in order to improve their record to an NBA-best 27-7 going into All-Star Weekend. Westbrook ended the night with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists.
No Southern hospitailty here
Orlando point guard Ishmael Smith is smothered by Atlanta's Jeff Teague as he attempts to drive to the basket early in the Hawks' low-scoring 83-78 win at home over the Magic in a Southeast Division matchup.
Stand up and shout
Hawks fans cheer their team's effort Thursday night in a hard-fought 83-78 home win over the rival Orlando Magic, despite playing without All-Star shooting guard Joe Johnson.
Orlando power forward Glen Davis drives to the basket Thursday night against the Hawks at Phillips Arena. "Big Baby" ended the game with six points and four rebounds, which weren't nearly enough to top Atlanta, who won at home 83-78.
Not his best effort
Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin is human after all, finally having a bad game in New York's 102-88 loss to the Miami Heat. Lin finished with just eight points on 1 of 11 shooting with eight turnovers.
Mired in a mini-slump
Amar'e Stoudemire takes it hard to the rack against the Heat in Thursday night's game in Miami. Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony and Jeremy Lin combined for just 40 points as the Knicks fell 102-88 to the team with the league's best record heading into the All-Star break.
Watch those hands, Jared
LeBron James is fouled in a dangerous area by Knicks forward Jared Jeffries during the Heat's dominating 102-88 win over the Knicks in Miami on Thursday night. James finished the game with 20 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists, 5 steals and a pair of blocks.
Which way to go?
Derek Fisher and referee Mike Callahan are not on the same page, but the Lakers eventually get their signals straight, holding off the Mavericks 96-91 despite some shaky free-throw shooting down the stretch Wednesday.
Stop crowding me
Nets shooting guard Andre Emmett goes to the rim against Daniel Orton (left) and Von Wafer, but it's not enough against the Magic, who rolled 108-91 for their sixth win in their past seven games.
In your face
D.J. Augustin gets walloped by Pacers power forward David West during the first half of Indiana's 102-88 win over the Bobcats, won have lost 18 of 19.
Need some jam?
Cavaliers small forward Alonzo Gee throws down two of his 13 points, but the Cavaliers come up short against the Hornets, 89-84, as New Orleans picks up its eighth win of the season.
I can't watch anymore of this
Trevor Booker would rather look away during yet another Wizards loss as the Kings prevail 115-107 for Washington's fourth setback in a row.
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It's pretty, it's so pretty
Monta Ellis cruises to the rim for two of his 26 points, but it was his final bucket that proved to be the winner in the Warriors' 106-104 victory over the Suns. Ellis hit a jumper with one second left to secure Golden State's second win in a row.
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Joakim Noah battles with Jon Leuer for a rebound during the Bulls' 110-91 win over the Bucks. Milwaukee had no answers for Noah, who racked up his first-career triple-double -- 13 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists.
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Still the man
Jeremy Lin continues to captivate New York City, going for 17 points and nine assists as the Knicks roll to a 99-82 win over the Hawks a night before New York faces the Heat.
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Comin' at ya
Pacers shooting guard Paul George loses the ball out of bounds against the Hornets on Tuesday night at Indiana. George also did his fair share of putting the ball in the basket, scoring 20 points as Indiana defeated New Orleans 117-108 in overtime.
What a drag!
Cavaliers power forward Antawn Jamison is fouled while driving to the basket between Detroit Pistons small forward Tayshaun Prince (22) and center Greg Monroe during the second quarter Tuesday at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Jamison scored 32 points, but it was Kyrie Irving who led the Cavaliers' comback to victory.
Among the trees
Kyrie Irving shoots over the Pistons' Jonas Jerebko (33) and Brandon Knight in the second quarter Tuesday night in Cleveland. Irving scored 25 points — 17 in the fourth quarter — to lead the Cavaliers to victory.
Norris Cole of the Miami Heat is fouled on a drive to the basket by Francisco Garcia of the Sacramento Kings during Tuesday's game in Miami.
Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade lofts a shot over two Kings players during Miami's victory Tuesday. Wade had 30 points and 10 assists as the Heat won their seventh consecutive game.
Grizzlies center Hamed Haddadi and 76ers guard Jodie Meeks tussle for the ball during Tuesday night's game in Memphis, Tenn. Memphis defeated Philadelphia 89-76.
Little tougher tonight
On Sunday, Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook went for 40. On Monday, thanks to defense like this by New Orleans forward Solomon Jones, he was held to 'only' 31. And the Thunder won at home, 101-93.
Boston's Paul Pierce has the ball and position, but those aren't stopping Dallas' Jason Terry from going for the swipe. The Mavs won on Monday, 89-73 at home.
The Suns' Channing Frye (No. 8) and Marcin Gortat (No. 4) sandwich Washington's JaVale McGee in a battle for a loose ball in Monday's 104-88 Suns win at home — Phoenix's second win in as many nights.
Mind if I jump in?
Chicago Bulls guard Ronnie Brewer (left) forces a jump ball as Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague drives to the basket Monday in Chicago. The Bulls easily won, 90-79.
Face to face
San Antonio center Tim Duncan looks for room to move against Utah center Al Jefferson. He found enough room to score 20 points in a 106-102 win.
Not so Golden
Chris Paul (No. 3) had a team-high 24 points on Monday, but the Clippers lost at Golden State 104-97.
Who needs height?
Orlando point guard Jameer Nelson (No. 14) tries to use his leverage to get by Milwaukee Bucks big man Jon Leuer on Monday. The visiting Magic won by three, 93-90, with Nelson scoring 15 points and handing out five assists.
Monday was supposed to be about the Lin-'Melo show at MSG. Instead, Sundiata Gaines and his Nets teammates had their way with the host New York Knicks, scoring a 100-92 victory. Gaines' teammate Deron Williams was the star with 38 points.