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Thunder top Hornets for 10th win in 11 games

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  • Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook goes up for a shot Wednesday in front of New Orleans Hornets forward Gustavo Ayon in the second quarter.

      Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook goes up for a shot Wednesday in front of New Orleans Hornets forward Gustavo Ayon in the second quarter.
    Associated Press

 
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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Kevin Durant scored 25 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to their 10th win in 11 games, 101-91 over the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night.

The Thunder improved to 15-3, the best record in the Western Conference, despite an off night from guard Russell Westbrook and 21 turnovers.

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Oklahoma City led throughout, including by as many as 14 in the first half. The Hornets pulled to 83-81 with 9:07 left in the game, but Westbrook hit back-to-back shots and the Hornets never got closer than four the rest of the way.

Westbrook started 1 for 10 with four turnovers. He finished 4 of 14 for 14 points.

Jarrett Jack scored 20 points to lead New Orleans. Gustavo Ayon, who came in averaging just 3.2 points, added 16 and Carl Landry 15 for the Hornets.

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