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Durant, Thunder rally past Lakers

Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Durant scored 19 of his game-high 43 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 107-103 win over the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center.

Durant added 12 rebounds, seven assists and three steals in the final game prior to the All-Star break for both teams.

"He's 14-for-33 so that's great defense. Anytime he shoots under 50 percent that's good," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said of Durant.

Durant, who was named to his fifth All-Star game, will be the Thunder's lone participant this weekend.

Reggie Jackson added 16 points, Derek Fisher scored 12 and Serge Ibaka finished with 10 points, seven rebounds and five blocks for the Thunder, who have won four straight and finished the first half with an NBA-best 43-12 record.

"You have to give the Lakers credit. They are banged up and still fighting and competing. They were making shots and spacing the floor," said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. "Our defense picked up in the fourth quarter. We found five guys that wanted to play and made them miss some shots."

Chris Kaman and Wesley Johnson led six Lakers players in double figures with 19 points apiece. Kaman also had 10 rebounds and six assists.

Shawne Williams added 15 points and nine rebounds and Kendall Marshall had 14 points and doled out a game-high 17 assists for the Lakers, who have dropped a franchise-worst seven straight games at home.

The Lakers will not have a player in the All-Star game this season for the first time since the 1995-96 campaign. Kobe Bryant was voted a starter, despite playing just six games this season, but is unable to participate due to a knee injury.

Ryan Kelly knocked down a jumper 13 seconds into the fourth quarter to give the Lakers an 85-72 lead, but Durant countered with a deep trey 16 seconds later, igniting a 12-0 run to pulled OKC within one point, 85-84.

Kaman stopped the run with a pair of free throws to make it a three-point game, but Fisher and Durant hit triples around a Durant layup to give OKC a 92-87 lead. It was the Thunder's first lead of the game.

Johnson hit a 3 and Marshall got a tough layup to go with 4:53 showing to knot things up and the teams traded makes until Durant buried a 27-footer with 2:03 left to make it 101-96.

The Lakers managed to pull within a point when Kaman was fouled on a reverse layup, but the big man could not complete the three-point play and Fisher sank a pair at the other end to make it 105-102.

Steve Blake blew past Ibaka on the ensuing possession and was fouled attempting a layup, but split from the charity stripe. Durant was fouled and knocked down both free throws for a four-point cushion and Marshall couldn't get a 3-pointer to go with eight seconds left as the Thunder held on for the victory.

The Lakers opened the game on a 9-2 run. Marshall scored the game's first five points and also dished out two assists on the flurry. The Thunder scored six straight to pull within one, but the Lakers pushed their lead to 22-13 after Marshall canned a 3-pointer with 2:51 to play in the opening session and the hosts led 24-17 after 12 minutes.

OKC pulled within four points, 28-24, with a Fisher jumper 2 1/2 minutes into the second quarter, but LA made it 33-24 moments later. The Lakers eventually pushed their spread to double digits, 37-25 with 7:10 to go.

The Thunder pulled within five, 44-39, after a tomahawk slam from Durant with just over 2 1/2 minutes left in the first half, but the Lakers outscored OKC 10-5 the rest of the way to take a 54-45 lead into the break.

A Williams layup with five minutes left in the third gave the Lakers a 71-57 lead and LA held an 82-72 lead entering the final frame. The Lakers led by as many as 15 in the third quarter.

Game Notes

Durant has 32 games with at least 30 points this season ... OKC improved to 22-8 without Russell Westbrook this season ... The Thunder scored 26 points off 23 Lakers turnovers ... LA had 29 assists on 40 field goals ... Blake finished with 13 points and Jordan Hill had 10 for the Lakers.

02/14 02:29:49 ET

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Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
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Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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