Ex-Sonic Kevin Durant scored 36 points, Russell Westbrook had 27 of his 33 in the first half, and Oklahoma City beat the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers 114-108 Friday night.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Ex-Sonic Kevin Durant scored 36 points, Russell Westbrook had 27 of his 33 in the first half and Oklahoma City beat the Los Angeles Lakers 114-108 Friday.

League scoring leader Kobe Bryant scored 35 points for the Lakers and Dwight Howard added 23 points and 18 rebounds. Lakers All-Star forward Pau Gasol (tendinitis in knees) missed his third straight game.

Pondexter sizzles

NEW ORLEANS — Rudy Gay tied a season high with 28 points and Quincy Pondexter couldn’t miss as the Memphis Grizzlies maintained their league-best winning percentage by beating New Orleans 96-89.

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Pondexter, a former Washington Huskies standout and New Orleans first-round draft choice, tied a season high with 16 points for Memphis (14-3). Pondexter made all six of his shots, including four three-point baskets.

“I didn’t look at it as I’m playing against my old team,” Pondexter said. “I looked at it as we needed a win and I’m really glad our guys pulled it off tonight. It wasn’t I was extra assertive or anything tonight.”

Gay said Pondexter trash-talked with some Hornets.

“He was yapping with them and stuff like that,” Gay said.


Evan Turner contributed 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead Philadelphia past visiting Boston 95-94 in overtime. Turner made an off-balance shot to close out scoring with 3.9 seconds left.

DeMarcus Cousins had 17 points and 14 rebounds and reserve guard Isaiah Thomas, an ex-UW Husky, also scored 17 to lead host Sacramento past Orlando 91-82. Thomas scored 11 points in the fourth quarter.

Joakim Noah had career highs of 30 points and 23 rebounds to lead Chicago past host Detroit 108-104. The Bulls have beaten the Pistons 16 times in a row. Rodney Stuckey, a former standout for Eastern Washington and Kentwood High in Covington, led Detroit with 24 points.

Kevin Love had 36 points and 13 rebounds as Minnesota beat visiting Cleveland 91-73. Luke Ridnour, who is from Blaine, added 12 points for Minnesota.