Thunder bests Lakers, extends win streak to 5
Russell Westbrook scored 36 points, Kevin Durant added 21 and the West-leading Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 102-93...
LOS ANGELES — Russell Westbrook scored 36 points, Kevin Durant added 21 and the West-leading Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 102-93 Thursday night for its fifth consecutive victory in the matchup of division leaders.
The Thunder shot 46 percent, ending its streak of hitting 50 percent or better in its four previous games.
Andrew Bynum had 25 points and 13 rebounds and Kobe Bryant added 23 points for the Lakers, who have lost their last two at home and are 0-2 against the Thunder this season, including a 15-point road loss last month.
Oklahoma City pulled away to open the fourth quarter with a 10-0 run that stretched its lead to 88-70 while Westbrook kept Bryant tied up offensively. Westbrook and Durant scored four points each in the spurt that had Laker fans booing.
Derek Fisher returned to Staples Center for the first time since being traded to Oklahoma City and received a standing ovation before tipoff as highlights of his Lakers career played on the video board, along with a "Thanks for all you've done" message.
Heat gets measure of revenge on Mavs
MIAMI — No fourth-quarter collapse this time against Dallas. These days, everything seems to be going right at home for the Miami Heat.
LeBron James and Chris Bosh each finished with 19 points and nine rebounds, Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem scored 16 apiece, and the Heat extended the league's longest home winning streak this season to 15 games with a 106-85 win over the Mavericks in an NBA Finals rematch.
Mario Chalmers scored 12 points and Norris Cole added 10 for Miami, which swept its two games with Dallas this season and snapped a two-game losing streak.
"We just worked our habits," James said. "The best thing about tonight, we didn't take another step backwards like we did the last two games. And it was good to see."
Dirk Nowitzki scored 25 for Dallas, but was held to 1-for-9 shooting in the second half. Lamar Odom had 12 for the Mavericks, who were out-rebounded 44-29.
• LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 12 rebounds, and Portland pulled away from short-handed New Orleans and beat the visiting Hornets 99-93. Luke Babbitt had a career-high 16 points, including four three-pointers, for the Blazers, who improved to 4-4 since the dismissal of head coach Nate McMillan.
• In other Blazers news, owner Paul Allen is emphatically refuting reports that he is entertaining offers for the team "It is absolutely false that I have entertained offers for (the Trail Blazers). Unnamed sources are wrong as usual," Allen tweeted.
• Nuggets guard Rudy Fernandez has undergone what the team termed successful back surgery. He is expected to miss the remainder of the regular season but might be back for the playoffs.