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Roundup: Thunder drop Lakers below .500

Russell Westbrook went up for a dunk in front of Lakers guard Steve Nash Tuesday.

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Russell Westbrook went up for a dunk in front of Lakers guard Steve Nash Tuesday.

Russell Westbrook had 37 points and 10 rebounds, Kevin Durant scored 26, and the Thunder held off a second-half charge to beat the improving Los Angeles Lakers, 122-105, on Tuesday night in Oklahoma City.

The Thunder led from start to finish, but had their 18-point lead whittled to 5 midway through the fourth quarter. Serge Ibaka hit a 3-pointer and Westbrook had a two-handed slam as the Thunder scored the last 12 points.

Kobe Bryant ended up with 30 points after leaving the game with a right elbow injury in the first quarter.

Steve Nash matched his season best with 20 points, but the Lakers fell back below .500 after reaching the mark for the first time since December.

Oklahoma City tied an NBA record with two turnovers.

Metta World Peace finished with 16 points and Dwight Howard had 6 points and 16 rebounds before fouling out with 2:24 left.

Nuggets 120, Kings 113 — Ty Lawson had 24 points and Danilo Gallinari added 23 for Denver as it won its sixth straight game, defeating Sacramento.

The Nuggets used a 36-point third quarter to build a lead against the Kings that they never relinquished in winning their season-best third straight road game. They scored 70 second-half points when they shot nearly 64 percent.

The streaking Nuggets have won seven of eight games, including 11 in a row at home, where they own a 26-3 record, which ties Miami for the best mark in the NBA.

Kenneth Faried had 19 points and 12 rebounds and Andre Miller scored 16.

Marcus Thornton continued his torrid scoring, making five 3-pointers and pouring in 32 points.

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