Seven straight for the Thunder...Sixers work overtime...You can go home again, Mark JacksonUNDATED (AP) - It was billed as a showdown between the NBA's two leading scorers, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant. But Russell Westbrook stole the show -- at least in the first half.
The Oklahoma City point guard poured in 33 points -- including 27 in the first half -- in helping the Thunder to their seventh straight victory, 114-108 over the L.A. Lakers. Helped by Westbrook's big first half, the Thunder raced to a 19-point lead. The Lakers cut it to four in the final minute but never got closer.
Durant finished with 36 points, one more than Bryant, the leading scorer in the NBA. The bad news for the Lakers is this: the Lakers have lost the last six times Bryant has scored 30 or more.
The Lakers fell to 9-11 overall, including a 2-6 road record. The Thunder are 16-4 overall and have won 15 of 17.
In other NBA action:
- The Philadelphia 76ers overcame a triple-double from Rajon Rondo to win their fourth straight, 95-94 in overtime over Boston. Evan Turner scored a season-high 28, including the game-winning jumper with 3.9 seconds left in overtime. Thaddeus Young added 17 points and 12 rebounds. Rondo finished with 16 points, 13 rebounds and 14 assists. But he missed potentially game-winning shots at the end of regulation and overtime.
- David Lee had 30 points and 15 rebounds, Stephen Curry scored 28 points, and the Golden State Warriors gave coach Mark Jackson a winning return to Brooklyn by beating the Nets 109-102. The game was played at the Barclays Center, not far from where Jackson was a legendary New York City star point guard.
-- The Memphis Grizzlies improved to an NBA-best 14-3 by beating New Orleans 96-89. Rudy Gay tied his season high with 28 points. Former Hornets first-round draft choice Quincy Pondexter tied a season high with 16 points for the Grizzlies.
- Joakim Noah had 30 points and 23 rebounds, setting career highs in both categories in helping the Chicago Bulls beat the Detroit Pistons for the 16th straight time, 108-104. Chicago trailed by as many as 17 points in the second quarter, but the Bulls rallied as all five Chicago starters reached double figures.
- Tony Parker had 17 points and seven assists, and the San Antonio Spurs never trailed in a 114-92 victory over the Houston Rockets. Six Spurs hit double figures.
-- Milwaukee topped Charlotte 108-93. Ersan Ilyasova scored a season-high 21 points and Marquis Daniels had season highs with 18 points and six rebounds.
-- Sacramento rallied to beat Orlando 91-82. DeMarcus Cousins and Isaiah Thomas each had 17 for the Kings.
- Paul Millsap scored 20 points, Enes Kanter had 18 in his first career start and the Utah Jazz hit 13 3-pointers to rout the Toronto Raptors 131-99.
- Josh Smith had 23 points and 15 rebounds, Al Horford also posted a double-double and the Atlanta Hawks beat Washington 104-95 to keep the Wizards winless on the road. Washington is 2-14 overall, 0-8 on the road.
- Denver's Andre Miller brought back a blast from the past in leading Denver past Indiana 92-89. The 36-year-old backup guard scored eight of his 15 points during a 10-0 run in the final three minutes to rally the Nuggets.
- Kevin Love had 36 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 91-73 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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