Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Carlos Boozer returned from a nagging calf injury that cost him three games and totaled 15 points and 10 rebounds to help the Chicago Bulls head into the All-Star break on a high note with a 92-76 victory over the Brooklyn Nets. Boozer's replacement in the starting lineup when he was sidelined, Taj Gibson, chipped in with a 16-point, five-rebound effort in a reserve role, and Joakim Noah continued to fill the stat sheet with 14 points, 13 boards and seven assists. Chicago, which has taken four of its last five, owned a 45-27 rebounding advantage and held a Nets team that had won four of five coming in to a season-low point total on 38.8 percent shooting. Paul Pierce led the Nets with 15 points but was held scoreless in the fourth quarter. Brookyln's lone All-Star, Joe Johnson, provided 11 points on 4-of-14 shooting.
Final Score: Oklahoma City 107, LA Lakers 103
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Durant scored 19 of his game-high 43 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 107-103 win over the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. Durant added 12 rebounds, seven assists and three steals in the final game prior to the All-Star break for both teams. Durant, who was named to his fifth All-Star game, will be the Thunder's lone participant this weekend. Reggie Jackson added 16 points, Derek Fisher scored 12 and Serge Ibaka finished with 10 points, seven rebounds and five blocks for the Thunder, who have won four straight and finished the first half with an NBA-best 43-12 record. Chris Kaman and Wesley Johnson led six Lakers players in double figures with 19 points apiece. Kaman also had 10 rebounds and six assists. Shawne Williams added 15 points and nine rebounds and Kendall Marshall had 14 points and doled out a game-high 17 assists for the Lakers, who have dropped a franchise-worst seven straight games at home.