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Under the glass: Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant goes up for a shot between Los Angeles' Andrew Bynum (right) and Pau Gasol. The Thunder beat the Lakers 102-93. AP

Thunder run past Lakers for fifth straight victory


LOS ANGELES — Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant started slowly. Once the NBA's highest scoring duo got going, they ran right through the Los Angeles Lakers.

Westbrook scored 36 points, Durant added 21 and the West-leading Oklahoma City Thunder won 102-93 Thursday night for their fifth consecutive victory in the matchup of division leaders.

Westbrook was 2 of 6 in the opening quarter.

"The game got out of whack. It was my job to pick it up," he said. "We did a great job of defending and closing out the game."

Durant started out 1 of 9, describing it as "probably the worst I've played since I've been here but I kept fighting.

"They were all good shots. My teammates carried me and I started to make some shots."

Oklahoma City shot 46 percent, ending their streak of hitting 50 percent or better in their four previous games. They outscored Los Angeles on second-chance points, had a 25-8 edge in fast-break points and grabbed 19 offensive rebounds.

"We did a pretty good job in the half court, but the offensive rebounds that gave them second opportunities and transition baskets killed us," Kobe Bryant said. "Every time we give up that many offensive rebounds, we lose pretty much every game."

Andrew Bynum had 25 points and 13 rebounds and Bryant added 23 points on 7-of-25 shooting for the Lakers, who have lost their last two at home and are 0-2 against the Thunder this season, including a 15-point road loss last month.

Heat 106, Mavericks 85

In Miami, LeBron James and Chris Bosh each finished with 19 points and nine rebounds, Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem scored 16 apiece and the Heat extended their home winning streak to 15 with a rout of Dallas in an NBA Finals rematch.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 25 for the Mavs, but was held to 1-for-9 shooting in the second half.

Pacers 93, Wizards 89

In Indianapolis, Danny Granger scored 25 points to lead Indiana past Washington.

Jordan Crawford scored 20 points for the Wizards, who have lost five straight.

Trail Blazers 99, Hornets 93

In Portland, LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 12 rebounds, and the Blazers pulled away from short-handed New Orleans.

Marco Belinelli had 27 points and Carl Landry poured in 24 for the Hornets, who sit in last place in the Western Conference.

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