The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 107-103 on Thursday night behind 43 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists from Kevin Durant.
With the win, Oklahoma City (43-12) enters the All-Star break on a three-game winning streak while the Lakers (18-35) have lost three straight.
Durant was hardly efficient, shooting 14-of-33 from the field and 3-of-13 from three, but he poured in 19 points during a fourth quarter in which the Thunder outscored the Lakers by 14. The league's leading scorer also shot 12-of-12 from the free-throw line in the win and has now scored at least 40 points a league-leading eight times this season.
Trailing by 10 entering the game's final frame, the Thunder came out much more energized on both ends of the floor in the fourth quarter and turned an abundance of Purple and Gold turnovers into easy buckets.
All told, the Lakers committed 23 turnovers in the loss which led to 26 Oklahoma City points.
Serge Ibaka added 10 points, seven rebounds and five blocks while Reggie Jackson and Derek Fisher scored 16 and 12 points, respectively, in a gritty effort.
Kendall Marshall set the tempo for the Lakers throughout, scoring 14 points and grabbing seven rebounds while tying his season-high with 17 assists in the loss.
Six Lakers finished in double figures on a night when Mike D'Antoni's club shot 48 percent from the floor and 36 percent from three, including Shawne Williams, who totaled 15 points and nine rebounds.
Chris Kaman was the most pleasant surprise for L.A., though, compiling 19 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.
Both clubs will be off until next week as they enjoy the league's All-Star break and get some much-needed rest.
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