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February 14, 2014

Thunder head to break with win over Lakers, best start in franchise history

LOS ANGELES — 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.

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.

 

OKLAHOMA CITY (107)

Durant 14-33 12-12 43, Ibaka 4-9 2-2 10, Perkins 2-3 0-0 4,  Jackson 7-15 2-2 16, Sefolosha 3-4 0-0 7, Fisher 4-9 2-2 12,  Lamb 3-10 3-4 11, Adams 0-0 0-2 0, Collison 0-1 0-0 0,  Roberson 2-4 0-0 4, Jones 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 39-88 21-24 107.

L.A. LAKERS (103)

Johnson 8-13 2-4 19, Williams 6-16 0-0 15, Kaman 7-13 5-7 19,  Marshall 6-13 0-1 14, Blake 4-10 2-3 13, Kelly 2-6 2-5 7,  Sacre 3-4 0-0 6, Hill 4-8 2-2 10. Totals 40-83 13-22 103.

Oklahoma City    17    28    27    35    —    107

L.A. Lakers    24    30    28    21    —    103

3-Point Goals—Oklahoma City 8-28 (Durant 3-13, Lamb 2-4, Fisher 2-7,  Sefolosha 1-2, Jackson 0-2), L.A. Lakers 10-28 (Blake 3-8, Williams 3-8,  Marshall 2-7, Johnson 1-2, Kelly 1-3). Fouled Out—Lamb.  Rebounds—Oklahoma City 49 (Durant 12), L.A. Lakers 55 (Kaman 10).  Assists—Oklahoma City 23 (Durant 7), L.A. Lakers 29 (Marshall 17). Total  Fouls—Oklahoma City 23, L.A. Lakers 18. A—18,997 (18,997).

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