(Sporting Alert) — NBA standings, scores, results and records after the games that took place in the league on Thursday night, Feb. 13.
Oklahoma City Thunder, the team that leads the NBA standings with a 43-12, the best in the league, rallied late to beat the struggling Los Angeles Lakers, 107-103 to head into the All-Star break on a high.
Kevin Durant had 43 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists for the Thunder, while Reggie Jackson added 16 points in the victory for Oklahoma City, which picked up its third win in a row and their fifth in the last six overall.
“This whole group, they are resilient,” Durant said. “We persevered through everything and just stayed together. We had faith no matter what.
“We are looking forward to having Russell back and make it seem less of a transition for him.”
Chris Kaman paced the Lakers with 19 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, with Wesley Johnson adding 19 points in the defeat as well.
Shawne Williams finished 15 points and nine boards, Kendall Marshall dished out a career-high 17 assists to go along with his 14 points, while Steve Blake ended with 13 points and six rebounds for Los Angeles (18-35), which has have dropped 22 of its last 27 games.
The Lakers, who are still without star guard Kobe Bryant, as well as Pau Gasol, Nick Young and Xavier Henry, are also tied with the Sacramento Kings for last place in the Western Conference standings.
“It’s been a crazy year, and there will still be some turbulence ahead,” D’Antoni was quoted as saying after the Lakers set a franchise record with seventh straight home loss.
“But I think during these next 29 games we will get honed in and try to get better. The thing I hope is that with all the effort, they get rewarded for it.”
In the night’s other game, the Chicago Bulls (27-25) beat fellow Eastern Conference rivals, 92-76 at home.
Taj Gibson scored 16 points off the bench and Carlos Boozer returned to score 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Joakim Noah had 14 points and 13 rebounds in the Bulls’ win.
Paul Pierce led the Nets (24-27) with 15 points.
NBA Scores and Top Scorers
|Thursday, February 13|
|RESULT||WINNER HIGH||LOSER HIGH|
|Chicago 92, Brooklyn 76||Gibson 16 Pts||Pierce 15 Pts|
|Oklahoma City 107, LA Lakers 103||Durant 43 Pts||Kaman 19 Pts
Johnson 19 Pts