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                  === Westbrook paces Thunder past Lakers ===
 Oklahoma  City, OK  (Sports Network)  - Kevin  Durant is  usually the  Lakers'
 biggest problem, but Tuesday they couldn't contain Russell Westbrook either.
 And the Oklahoma City Thunder matched an all-time mark in efficiency.
 Westbrook  had  37 points, 10  rebounds and five  assists in the Oklahoma City
 Thunder's wire-to-wire 122-105 win over the Lakers.
 Durant,  who came in averaging 37.7 points per game in the three meetings with
 Los  Angeles  this season, netted  20 of  his 26 points  in the first half for
 the  Thunder,  who have  won five of  their last  six games on  the heels of a
 three-game slide.
 The  Thunder  turned the  ball  over  just twice,  which  tied  them with  the
 2006  Milwaukee Bucks and 2009 Cleveland Cavaliers for the fewest giveaways in
 a game -- the stat only dates back to 1985.
 "Who  would have  thought  we'd only  end  up with  two  turnovers when  we're
 averaging 15-16 a game? I like our guys figuring out ways not to turn it over.
 It  was  just one of  those games.  The defense was  really key too," OKC head
 coach Scott Brooks said.
 Kobe  Bryant suffered an ulnar nerve contusion to his right elbow in the first
 half before returning and finishing with 30 points in defeat.
 Dwight  Howard snatched 16 boards for Los Angeles, which failed to eclipse the
 .500 mark for the first time since the Lakers were 6-5 following a win against
 the Brooklyn Nets on Nov. 20.
 "We  had to play a little bit better to beat a good team and we didn't do it,"
 Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni said.
 Oklahoma  City stormed out of the gate with a 7-0 start and never looked back.
 The Thunder led 37-28 after a quarter of play and they continued to pour it on
 right before the break as Durant netted seven during a 9-2 spurt. He capped it
 with  a 3-pointer and  jumper right before the horn for a 71-55 OKC cushion at
 The  Thunder led by  as many as 18 in the third before heading into the fourth
 with  a 97-89 spread.  The Lakers never cut the deficit below six in the final
                                   Game Notes
 Oklahoma  City  have won 19 straight  at home against Western Conference teams
 and  improved to  27-4 at  home on  the season  ... Los  Angeles committed  16
 turnovers,  which led to  22 OKC points ... The Thunder held a 52-22 points in
 the paint margin.
 03/06 02:22:22 ET