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Thursday, February 13, 2014

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Durant's 43 Help Thunder Beat Lakers 107-103

By Joe Resnick Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) Kevin Durant scored 19 of his 43 points in the fourth quarter and the Oklahoma City Thunder sent the undermanned Los Angeles Lakers to a record-setting seventh straight home loss with a 107-103 victory on Thursday night.

The Thunder have a 1 1/2-game lead on Indiana for the NBA's best record. Their 43-12 mark has equaled the best start in the franchise's 47-year history, set by the 1995-96 Seattle Supersonics.

Chris Kaman and Wesley Johnson scored 19 points apiece for Los Angeles, and Kendall Marshall added 14 points and 17 assists. The Lakers have lost 22 of their last 27 games and are tied with Sacramento for last place in the Western Conference.

Oklahoma City is 20-7 without second-leading scorer Russell Westbrook, who hasn't played since getting a triple-double on Christmas Day at Madison Square Garden. Westbrook is recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.

Forward Serge Ibaka had 10 points and seven rebounds after averaging 17.9 points over his previous 16 games.

The Thunder, coming off a 98-95 win against Portland in which they held All-Stars LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard to a combined 1-for-17 from the field in the second half, trailed by as many as 15 points late in the third quarter. But Durant's first 3-pointer of the game cut the Lakers' lead to 85-77 in the opening minute of the fourth, triggering a 15-2 run that enabled Oklahoma City to pull ahead 92-87 with 5:46 to play.

Los Angeles committed seven of its 23 turnovers during the first 4:03 of the final period, and former Laker Derek Fisher tied it at 87-all on a 3-pointer. Durant then stole the ball from Johnson and hit a driving layup that gave the Thunder their first lead, 89-87. The five-time All-Star capped the rally with a 3-pointer 32 seconds later.

Steve Blake responded with a three-point play after getting fouled by Jeremy Lamb on an off-balance 20-footer from the left elbow. That put the Lakers back in front 95-94 with 3:34 left, but Ibaka's two free throws put the Thunder ahead to stay with 2:38 remaining and they closed with an 11-7 run as Fisher and Durant each made two free throws in the final 17 seconds.

Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni was down to eight healthy players, with point guard Steve Nash sitting out because of a recurrence of root irritation in his back and hamstring. Los Angeles is still missing five of its top six scorers - Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Jordan Farmar, Nick Young, Jodie Meeks and Xavier Henry.
The Lakers came out of the gate like a team that desperately wanted to avoid surpassing the franchise record for consecutive home losses they shared with the 1992-93 squad.

Marshall, starting at point guard in Nash's place, led Los Angeles to a 24-17 lead after one quarter with 10 points, and Shawne Williams matched his total in the second quarter to help the Lakers take a 54-45 halftime advantage.

NOTES: The Thunder haven't allowed 20 or more points to an opposing player since eight games ago at Miami on Jan. 29, when they overcame 34 points by LeBron James in a 112-95 win. ... Oklahoma City will come out of the All-Star break with a six-game homestand beginning next Thursday against the defending NBA champion Heat. Coach Scott Brooks and his staff will be calling the shots for the Western Conference All-Stars on Sunday at New Orleans. ... Durant, who averaged 33.3 points in his previous three All-Star games as a starter, was the All-Star MVP in 2012. He led all players in the fan voting this year. ... Oklahoma City has won eight of its last 12 meetings with the Lakers, including a 122-97 home victory on Dec. 13, when they converted 19 turnovers into 31 points. ... Los Angeles will play back-to-back games against Oklahoma City March 9-13. ... Fifteen of the Lakers' 35 losses have been decided by seven points of fewer. ... The Thunder are 37-9 when Durant leads them in scoring, and 27-6 when he gets at least 30 points. ... Eleven of Oklahoma City's league-high 43 wins have been decided by four points or fewer. ... Lamb had 11 points before fouling out with 2:58 to go.

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Game Notes

All-Time Series Notes: The Lakers trail the 2013-14 series 0-1 and lost the 2012-13 season
series with the Thunder 1-3... Prior to the 2011-12 campaign, the Lakers had taken six straight
season series from Oklahoma City, going 2-1 against the Thunder in 2010-11 and 3-1 in 2009-
10, sweeping 2008-09 (3-0) and 2007-08 (4-0) and taking 2006-07 (3-1) and 2005-06 (2-1) ... In
2012, the Thunder defeated the Lakers in the Western Conference Semifinals in five games (4-
1) ... The two teams also met in the First Round of the 2010 NBA Playoffs, with the Lakers
advancing past the Thunder in six games (4-2) ... The two teams have met 229 times in the
regular season but just 18 times (10-8) since the Thunder relocated to Oklahoma City prior to
the 2008-09 season ... The Lakers 75-91 loss 3/26/10 at Oklahoma City snapped their 12-
game win streak over the Thunder and marked their first loss to the Thunder since the team’s
relocation from Seattle ... The Lakers are 15-8 in their last 23 regular season games against
Oklahoma City ... At home, the Lakers have gone 7-3 in their last 10 games against the
Thunder ... The Lakers are 17-11 all-time against Oklahoma City at STAPLES Center ... On
the road against the Thunder, the Lakers have gone 5-5 in their last 10 overall ... The Lakers
have now played 11 times during the regular season at Oklahoma City Arena in Oklahoma City,
going 0-2 against the New Orleans Hornets while the team was temporarily relocated from
2005-07 and 4-5 against the Thunder ... In 2006-07, Lakers G Kobe Bryant established a
Lakers series record with 46 points 4/6/07 at KeyArena only to surpass it nine days later with 50
points 4/15/07 at home against the then Sonics ... In those games, he surpassed the old mark
of 45 points Jerry West established in 1970 and Bryant himself matched in January of 2003.

Connections: Thunder G Russell Westbrook played collegiately at UCLA and in high school at Leuzinger (Lawndale, CA), while Thunder head coach Scott Brooks also played locally prior to his NBA career at
UC-Irvine ... Thunder G Derek Fisher played 12+ seasons with the Lakers, winning five championships during his tenure… Fisher ranks 5th in games played, 9th in minutes, 7th in steals, 2nd in 3-point field goals
made and attempted and 9th
in 3-point field goal percentage in regular season franchise history … Thunder assistant coach Robert Pack coached Lakers G Nick Young with the Los Angeles
Clippers for the 2012 season … Lakers assistant coach Kurt Rambis coached Gomes on the Timberwolves in 2009-10 … Oklahoma City guard Jeremy Lamb and Lakers guard Jodie Meeks both
attended Norcross H.S. (Ga.) … Oklahoma City C Hasheem Thabeet played with Lakers G Xavier Henry on the Memphis Grizzlies during the 2010-11 season … Thabeet and Henry were coached
by current Lakers assistant Johnny Davis, who was then an assistant on the Grizzlies … Oklahoma City assistant coach Rex Kalamian was an assistant with Davis on the Minnesota Timberwolves
during the 2005-06 season … Oklahoma City assistant coach Mark Bryant played with Lakers G Steve Nash on the Phoenix Suns during the 1996-97 and 97-98 seasons, and together on the Dallas
Mavericks during the 2000-01 season … Nash also played with Oklahoma City assistant coach Pack on the Mavericks during the 1998-99 and 99-00 seasons.

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Game Leaders

  LAL   OKC  
Wesley Johnson
pts Kevin Durant
Chris Kaman
reb Kevin Durant
Kendall Marshall
ast Kevin Durant

Game Starters

  LAL   OKC  
Kendall Marshall g Reggie Jackson
Steve Blake g Thabo Sefolosha
Chris Kaman c Kendrick Perkins
Shawne Williams f Serge Ibaka
Wesley Johnson f Kevin Durant


Injury Report - LAKERS

  • Kobe Bryant:
    (fractured left knee) is out
  • Jordan Farmar:
    (hamstring soreness) is out
  • Pau Gasol:
    (strained right groin) is out
  • Xavier Henry:
    (right knee bone bruise) is out
  • Jodie Meeks:
    (sprained right ankle) is out.
  • Nick Young:
    (left knee fracture and bone bruise) is out
  • Steve Nash:
    (knee irritation) is doubtful
  • Steve Blake:
    (elbow) is probable

Injury Report - THUNDER

  • Russell Westbrook:
    (knee) is out

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