Kevin Durant scored 42 points, Russell Westbrook had 27 points and 10 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder easily sent the short-handed...
LOS ANGELES — Kevin Durant scored 42 points, Russell Westbrook had 27 points and 10 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder easily sent the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers to their sixth straight loss, 116-101 Friday night.
Kevin Martin scored 15 points and hit three three-pointers for the Thunder, which romped to a 27-point lead in the second half of its seventh win in nine games. Oklahoma City (28-8) matched the Clippers for the NBA’s best record with a virtuoso game from Durant, who had 38 points midway through the third quarter.
Kobe Bryant scored 28 for the Lakers, on their first six-game skid since March 2007.
Antawn Jamison added 19 points as Los Angeles looked lost and overmatched in its third straight game without starting big men Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol.
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The Thunder eliminated Bryant and the Lakers from last season’s playoffs in five games, but Los Angeles has shown few signs of being able to compete with Oklahoma City this season. Injuries aren’t the only problem, but Howard likely is out for at least another week with a shoulder injury, while Gasol still hasn’t been cleared to return from his concussion.
Steve Nash had seven points and seven assists in a quiet 30 minutes for the Lakers, who announced during the second quarter that backup big man Jordan Hill likely needs season-ending surgery on his left hip. Metta World Peace added 12 points, going 1 for 9 on three-point attempts.
The Lakers (15-21) hadn’t lost this many consecutive games since the year before they acquired Gasol and embarked on a run to three straight NBA Finals.
call off divorce
LOS ANGELES — Kobe and Vanessa Bryant are staying together.
The Los Angeles Lakers superstar and his wife both announced they’ve called off their divorce.
Vanessa Bryant filed for divorce in December 2011, seeking to end a marriage that began in April 2001. The Bryants have two daughters, Natalia and Gianna.
But Kobe and Vanessa haven’t acted like a divorcing couple in the past year, with Vanessa and their daughters attending many Lakers home games.
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• Luol Deng scored a season-high 33 points in the Chicago Bulls’ third victory over host New York this season, a 108-101 win that sent the Knicks to their season-high third straight loss. Knicks big man Marcus Camby is expected to miss two to four weeks because of an injured left foot.
• Greivis Vasquez had 18 points and 13 assists to lead the host New Orleans Hornets to their fourth straight win, 104-93 over Minnesota. Former Sonic Luke Ridnour scored 20 points to lead the Timberwolves.
• Paul Pierce scored 16 of his 23 points in the second half and Kevin Garnett added 17 points and four blocks as host Boston nearly blew a 17-point lead before pulling away late to beat the Houston Rockets 103-91.
• Rudy Gay hit a pullup jumper from 14 feet with 27.8 seconds left and the host Memphis Grizzlies held off the San Antonio Spurs 101-98 in overtime for their fourth straight victory and the first over their Southwest Division rival since the 2011 playoffs.
• The Washington Wizards said point guard John Wall has received full medical clearance and will make his season debut Saturday against the Atlanta Hawks.