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Thunder hold off Lakers' charge, 122-105

Wednesday - 3/6/2013, 8:10pm  ET

JEFF LATZKE
AP Sports Writer

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- There are times when coach Scott Brooks figures the best way to get his Oklahoma City Thunder to stop turning the ball over is to simply stop talking about the problem in the hope it goes away.

For at least one night, the Thunder's turnover trouble almost vanished -- and in record-setting fashion.

Russell Westbrook had 37 points and 10 rebounds, Kevin Durant scored 26, and Oklahoma City tied the NBA record with only two turnovers in a 122-105 victory over Los Angeles on Tuesday night in which Kobe Bryant hurt his elbow and the Lakers fell back below .500.

"It was just one of those games. We didn't turn the ball over," Brooks said, struggling to explain how the team that committed the most turnovers in the NBA last season and the second-most so far this season pulled off the feat.

"I mean, it's only happened a few times in NBA history."

Westbrook had one of the miscues, getting called for traveling in the fourth quarter to keep Oklahoma City from holding the record outright. Ronnie Brewer had the other on a pass to Nick Collison that went out of bounds.

Otherwise, it was a clean game right down to a 12-0 run to finish it as the Lakers cut an 18-point deficit down to five before going scoreless over the final 6 minutes.

Milwaukee set the turnovers record in a game against Indiana on April 1, 2006, and Cleveland tied it in an overtime game against Portland on March 19, 2009.

"I think we've done a great job of just learning and trying to get better at it each and every game. Not really focusing on it but just making the right decisions," said Westbrook, who had the most turnovers in the league his first two seasons in the NBA.

Bryant scored 30 points after leaving the game briefly in the first quarter with a right elbow injury, and Steve Nash matched his season's best with 20 points as the Lakers went below .500 again after reaching the mark for the first time since December. Nash's 3-pointer got Los Angeles within 110-105 with 6:14 remaining, but his team didn't score again.

The Lakers missed their first 10 shots of the game and their last 10, outscoring the Thunder by 21 points in between the two droughts. Los Angeles fell to 1-11 in road games against the teams that currently occupy the eight Western Conference playoff spots and is now 2
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