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NBA: Thunder power past the Lakers for share of the league lead

COMFORTABLE AT HOME:Oklahoma City have now won 12 straight at home thanks to Kevin Durant’s 33 points and are now tied for the NBA-best with Miami

AP, OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA

The Los Angeles Lakers’ Andrew Bynum, right, dunks as the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant and the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant watch during their NBA game in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on Thursday.

Photo: Reuters

Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant scored 33 points to lead the Thunder to a 100-85 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday and a share of the NBA lead heading into the All-Star break.

Russell Westbrook added 19 for the Thunder, who won their 12th straight home game and denied Los Angeles the chance to head into the midseason break with back-to-back statement wins on the road. The Lakers had won at defending NBA champions Dallas a night earlier and were trying to follow it by knocking off the other half of last year’s West finals.

Kobe Bryant scored 24 points, but went seven-for-24 from the field for Los Angeles.

Oklahoma City and Miami both have NBA-leading 27-7 records at the break.

HAWKS 83, MAGIC 78

In Atlanta, Josh Smith scored 22 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to help Atlanta snap a three-game skid with a win over Orlando.

Jannero Pargo added 15 points for the Hawks, who led by only a point with 4:42 left, but finished the stronger.

J.J. Redick finished with 13 points for the Magic, who had won six of seven going in.

SPURS 114, NUGGETS 99

In Denver, DeJuan Blair tied a career high with 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, helping San Antonio beat Denver to wrap up a nine-game road swing.

Buoyed by a 19-1 run midway through the first quarter, the Spurs jumped out to a big lead and then held on at the end. They’ve won 12 of their past 13 heading into the All-Star break and lead the Southwest Division by three games over defending champions Dallas.

All five starters for the Spurs scored in double figures. Tony Parker had 16 points and 12 assists.

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