Thunder 100, Lakers 85

Kevin Durant scored 33 points, Russell Westbrook added 19 and

the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Los Angeles Lakers 100-85

Thursday night to head into the All-Star break tied for the

league’s best record.

The Thunder won their 12th straight home game and denied Los

Angeles the chance to head into the midseason break with

back-to-back statement wins on the road. The Lakers had won at

defending NBA champion Dallas a night earlier and were trying to

follow it by knocking off the other half of last year’s West


Kobe Bryant scored 24 points but went 7 for 24 from the field

for Los Angeles. Pau Gasol had 22 points and nine rebounds.

Oklahoma City and Miami both have NBA-leading 27-7 records at

the break.