Kevin Durant fires 43 points as Thunder edge Lakers

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Kevin Durant poured 19 of his 43 points in the fourth period, including two crucial foul shots with 11 seconds left, to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a come-from-behind 107-103 win over the Los Angeles Lakers Thursday at Staples Center.

Durant recorded his eighth game with at least 40 points this season despite missing his first eight shots from three-point range as he matched the total by NBA leaders Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony last season.

Durant went 14-for-33 from the floor on top of 12 boards and seven assists while Reggie Jackson added 16 points as the Thunder improved to 43-12 after a three-game winning streak.

Derek Fisher scored 12, Jeremy Lamb had 11 and Serge Ibaka added 10 for the Thunder, who own the best record in the NBA heading into the All-Star break.

“I don’t think we played great, but you have to give them credit. They were spacing us all over the floor and they were making shots, making 3s,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said of the Lakers.

“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.

Chris Kaman and Wesley Johnson scored 19 points apiece, Shawne Williams had 15 and Kendal Marshall had 14 points and 17 assists as the Lakers lost a franchise-record seven consecutive games on their home floor.

Steve Blake added 13 and Jordan Hill scored 10 for the Lakers, who led by as many as 15 points.

The Thunder never led until Durant went coast-to-coast off a turnover for an 89-87 lead with 6:16 left in the game.

Durant hit a three-pointer on the next trip down the floor to push the lead to five but the Lakers never wilted, taking a 95-54 lead after a three-point play by Blake.

The Thunder regained the lead behind Durant’s jumper but the Lakers were given a chance to push ahead after Kaman was fouled by Lamb.

However, Kaman split his charities before Ibaka made two foul shots and Durant added a triple for a more comfortable 101-96 cushion.

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