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Durant and Ibaka lead the Thunder past LA Clippers


Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls, right, makes a jump shot against Ty Lawson of the Denver Nuggets in their NBA game in Denver, Colorado, on Thursday.

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Kevin Durant had 28 points and eight assists, while Serge Ibaka scored 17 points and blocked three shots as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Los Angeles Clippers 105-91 in a matchup of Western Conference powers in the NBA on Thursday.

Russell Westbrook added 12 points for Oklahoma City, who have won their first five home games of the season for the first time since the 2004-2005 season, when the franchise was located in Seattle.

Oklahoma City led all the way, taking a quick 10-point advantage and never leading by less than six points after that.

Blake Griffin had 27 points and 10 rebounds for the Clippers. He has had a 20-10 double in 10 of the past 12 games and has posted an NBA-high 100 such games since the start of the 2010-2011 season.

In the only other NBA game on Thursday, the Denver Nuggets ended the Chicago Bulls’ five-game winning streak with a 97-87 win at home.

Nate Robinson, who spent last season with the Bulls, and Jordan Hamilton each hit back-to-back three-pointers to open the fourth quarter and put the Nuggets ahead for good.

Hamilton finished with 17 points to lead the Nuggets, who won their seventh straight against the Bulls at home.

J.J. Hickson had 14 points, Kenneth Faried had 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Randy Foye also scored 12 points.

Derrick Rose had 19 points for the Bulls.

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