Hornets Drop Their 9th Straight

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - 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.

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.