The Oklahoma City Thunder opened the second half with 11 straight points and went on to defeat the Los Angeles Lakers 102-93 in a National Basketball Association game.
Russell Westbrook scored 36 points for the Thunder, who at 39-12 have the best record in the NBA’s Western Conference. Kevin Durant added 21 points and 11 rebounds for Oklahoma City.
Derek Fisher, who won five NBA titles with the Lakers, had seven points for Oklahoma City in his first game back in Los Angeles since getting traded away by the Lakers earlier this month and then signing with the Thunder as a free agent.
Andrew Bynum had 25 points and Kobe Bryant added 23 for Los Angeles (31-20), which is in third place in the Western Conference. Last night’s game was played at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where the Lakers had lost only four of their previous 24 games this season.
Earlier yesterday, the Miami Heat broke a two-game losing streak with a 106-85 victory against the Dallas Mavericks in a rematch of last season’s NBA Finals. LeBron James and Chris Bosh each had 19 points and nine rebounds for the Heat (36-13), who improved to 21-2 this season at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami.