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Oklahoma City Thunder: Jordie Meeks' career-high 42 points help sink Thunder

Jodie Meeks scored 24 of his career-high 42 points in the second half, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat Oklahoma City 114-110 on Sunday despite a triple-double by Thunder star Kevin Durant.
By JOE RESNICK Published: March 9, 2014
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The Lakers took a 12-point lead into the fourth quarter and increased it to 95-77 on Jordan Farmar’s 3-pointer with 9:42 remaining. Durant then fueled a 20-7 run with 10 points and former Laker Derek Fisher capper the rally with back-to-back 3s 24 seconds apart, pulling the Thunder to 102-97 with 4:36 to play.

Russell Westbrook, who had 20 points, seven rebounds and eight assists for the Thunder, narrowed the gap to 110-107 on a driving dunk with 57.3 seconds on the clock. But he missed everything on another 3-point try 24 seconds later and newly acquired Kent Bazemore helped put it away with a driving layup — two of his seven points in the final 2:02.

Ibaka paced Oklahoma City to a 56-51 halftime advantage with 14 points, while the Thunder held the Lakers to 37.8-percent shooting and outrebounded them 37-18.

Durant’s four-point play with 9.4 seconds left in the first quarter gave the defending Northwest Division leaders a 35-26 lead, which they increased to 44-26 on Reggie Jackson’s layup with 9:41 left in the half. The Lakers sliced the deficit to 51-49 with a 21-5 run fueled by 10 points from Meeks and capped by Gasol’s layup 1:25 before intermission.