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Oklahoma City Thunder beats Los Angeles Lakers | NBA

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.

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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.

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.

Notes

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.


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