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Thunder, Lakers close down first half

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Oklahoma City Thunder will try to go into the All- Star break on a three-game winning streak Thursday night when they visit the Staples Center to take on the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Thunder beat the New York Knicks at home on Sunday, then took out the Trail Blazers in Portland on Tuesday. The win at Portland halted a two-game road slide.

Kevin Durant had 36 points and 10 rebounds as Oklahoma City claimed a 98-95 win over Portland. The Thunder now own a five-game lead over Portland for first place in the Northwest division.

Reggie Jackson scored 17 points with six rebounds and five assists while Jeremy Lamb added 19 points and five rebounds for the Thunder, who have won four of their last five.

"We had a group full of competitors. We competed. That's what we're about," said Thunder head coach Scott Brooks. "We've always been that way. We don't like to lose. We have a locker room that cares just like Portland. That's a group that competes also."

The Thunder escaped Portland with the victory as LaMarcus Aldridge had an open look, but missed. OKC will head into the break with the best record in the West and Durant and Brooks will go to New Orleans for All-Star festivities.

The Thunder will play their first six games at home after the break, including a rematch against the Miami Heat on Feb. 20, the first game back.

The Lakers have been a disaster of late, losing two straight after a two-game winning streak. LA has dropped nine of its last 11 and is 5-15 since the calendar turned.

The Lakers tied a franchise record with their sixth consecutive home loss on Tuesday, a 96-79 setback to the Utah Jazz.

Chris Kaman led Los Angeles with 25 points and 14 boards, followed by Wesley Johnson with 15 and Shawne Williams, who finished with 11.

As if the injury situation couldn't get worse for the Lakers, Steve Nash, playing his fourth game after missing 39 because of a nerve problem in his back, aggravated the injury in the second quarter and missed the entire second half.

Steve Blake and Kendall Marshall also tweaked injuries for the Lakers, who are without Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Jodie Meeks, Nick Young and Xavier Henry. The team announced on Wednesday that Henry had his injured knee aspirated and received a cortisone shot. He's expected to be out approximately four weeks.

The Lakers will play three straight at home following the break.

The Thunder beat the Lakers by 25 in Oklahoma City on Dec. 13 and have taken seven of the last nine regular-season meetings. The teams have split the last six regular-season matchups in Los Angeles.

02/13 09:51:44 ET

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Schedule

Wednesday, April 16Full Scoreboard
Chicago86Final(OT) | Box
Charlotte «91
Indiana «101Final | Box
Orlando86
Washington «118Final | Box
Boston102
Brooklyn85Final | Box
Cleveland «114
Dallas105Final(OT) | Box
Memphis «106
Philadelphia «100Final | Box
Miami87
Atlanta «111Final | Box
Milwaukee103
Utah «136Final(2nd OT) | Box
Minnesota130
Houston100Final | Box
New Orleans «105
Toronto92Final | Box
New York «95
Detroit111Final | Box
Oklahoma City «112
LA Lakers «113Final | Box
San Antonio100
Golden State673rd Qtr 10:03 | Box
Denver54CSN-CHI, SportSouth
LA Clippers563rd Qtr 9:54 | Box
Portland74ESPN, CSN-BA+, Altitude
Phoenix603rd Qtr 3:00 | Box
Sacramento67FSN-PT, KGW
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Standings

2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
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
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
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 53 28 .654 5 1/2 30-10 23-18 30-21 W 4
Minnesota 40 41 .494 18 1/2 24-16 16-25 23-28 L 2
Denver 36 45 .444 22 1/2 22-18 14-27 20-31 L 1
Utah 24 57 .296 34 1/2 16-25 8-32 12-39 L 5
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 24 .704 --- 34-7 23-17 36-15 W 2
x-Golden State 50 31 .617 7 27-14 23-17 30-21 W 1
Phoenix 47 34 .580 10 26-15 21-19 27-24 L 3
Sacramento 28 53 .346 29 17-23 11-30 15-36 W 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 1/2 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-Dallas 49 32 .605 12 1/2 26-15 23-17 29-22 W 1
x-Memphis 49 32 .605 12 1/2 26-14 23-18 28-23 W 4
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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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
Final
PHI 0
ATL 1
Final
NYY 2
CHC 0
Final
DET 2
CLE 3
Final
MIA 3
WAS 6
Final
TEX 3
SEA 2
11th
CWS 3
BOS 3
 
11th
HOU 4
KAN 6
 
8:10pm Wednesday
MIN 0
TOR 0
6th
ANA 1
OAK 4
 
7th
SDP 3
COL 1
 
7th
SFG 1
LOS 1
 
1:05pm Today
PHI
ATL
 
1:08pm Today
DET
CLE
 
1:10pm Today
MIN
TOR
 
2:05pm Today
TEX
SEA
 
3:45pm Today
SFG
LOS
 
6:40pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
MIL
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
STL
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
NYY
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
KAN
 
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
Final
MIL 103
ATL 111
Final
CLE 114
BRK 85
Final
MEM 106
DAL 105
Final
OKC 112
DET 111
Final
NOP 105
HOU 100
Final
SAN 100
LAL 113
Final
MIA 87
PHI 100
Final
NYK 95
TOR 92
Final
MIN 130
UTA 136
Final
BOS 102
WAS 118
3rd
DEN 54
GSW 67
 
3rd
POR 70
LAC 56
 
3rd
SAC 67
PHO 60
 
Final
TAM 4
MON 5
Final
PIT 4
CLB 3
2nd Intermission
ANA 4
DAL 2
 
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
PHI
8:00pm Tonight
STL
CHI
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR