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Lakers Drown Out Thunder at Staples Center 105-96

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(LOS ANGELES) — The Los Angeles Lakers put together arguably their best performance of the season when they defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 105-96 on Sunday afternoon at the Staples Center.

Kobe Bryant scored 21 points to go along with 14 assists and nine rebounds to lead the Lakers (19-25) to their second-straight victory.  The Lakers had lost nine of their previous 11 games against the Thunder coming into the game.

Steve Nash scored 17 and Dwight Howard added eight points and 10 rebounds.

The teams exchanged the lead 14 times throughout the first three quarters before Bryant and Nash took over in the fourth and put the Lakers ahead for good.

All-Star starter Kevin Durant scored 35 points for the Thunder (34-11), while Russell Westbrook flirted with a triple-double.  Westbrook posted a line of 17 points, 13 assists, and nine rebounds.  The Thunder wrapped up their season long six-game road trip with a 3-3 record.

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