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NBA: Oklahoma City 100, LA Lakers 85

Feb. 24, 2012 at 12:40 AM   |   Comments

OKLAHOMA CITY, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- A 33-point performance from Kevin Durant Thursday keyed a strong second half that gave the Oklahoma City Thunder a 100-85 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Durant made 12-of-22 shots from the field in pushing the Thunder to their fifth straight win.

It was the final game played in the NBA before the All-Star break and Oklahoma City heads into the showcase weekend tied with Miami for the best record in the league at 27-7. The Chicago Bulls are 27-8.

Russell Westbrook added 19 points and Serge Ibaka had 11 points and 13 rebounds for Oklahoma City.

Kobe Bryant scored 24 for the Lakers, but he made just 7-of-24 from the field. Bryant got to the foul line 11 times and hit 10 of them.

Pau Gasol contributed 22 points and Andrew Bynum scored 14 points with 12 rebounds.

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