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Thunder steamrolls Rockets

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Wednesday, January 01, 2014

LOS ANGELES - The Oklahoma City Thunder led by Kevin Durant hasn't missed a beat since losing All-Star guard Russell Westbrook.

League top gun Durant had 33 points with 13 rebounds, while Jeremy Lamb scored a career-high 22 points on Sunday, and the Thunder steamrolled the visiting Houston Rockets 117-86 for its most-lopsided win of the season.

"Kevin wants to fill the stat sheet up every night," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said of his All-Star forward who added five assists.

"Kevin can probably score 35-40 points on demand but he wants to share the ball, he wants to defend, he wants to rebound.

"He wants to inspire. He believes in his teammates. He's a great player."

Westbrook underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Friday, his third since tearing his meniscus last April. But the Thunder has shrugged off the absence of its floor leader, who is expected to return after the All-Star break missing 27 games.

"We're sorry to hear that Russell is out but we all said 'let's come together as a team'," Lamb said. "Its a team effort and I think we did that tonight."

Reggie Jackson collected 16 points and eight assists in Westbrook's place for league-best Oklahoma City (25-5), which shot a sizzling 57 per cent from the floor for its 20th win in the past 22 games, with Durant leading the way.

"Kevin does everything and that's nothing new," said teammate Thabo Sefolosha, who contributed 13 points. "He's an incredible player and he showed it again tonight, doing everything in getting us a win."

Elsewhere in the NBA, Golden State Warriors beat Cleveland Cavaliers 108-104. Orlando Magic had a win over Atlanta Hawks 109-102. San Antonio Spurs 112 points were enough to clinch a victory over the Sacramento Kings with 104, and Philadelphia 76ers triumphed over LA Lakers, 111-104.