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Durant, Westbrook lead Thunder past Rockets

Houston Rockets guard Pat Beverley (2) shoots in front of Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams duirng the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, March 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 42 points to help the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the Houston Rockets 106-98 on Tuesday night.

Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook scored 24 points and got the best of nemesis Patrick Beverley. During last year's playoffs, Beverley dived for the ball and ran into Westbrook's right knee as a timeout was being called, causing the injury that ended Westbrook's season and cost him about half of this season. It was their first meeting since the incident.

Serge Ibaka had 12 points and 16 rebounds for the Thunder, who had lost two straight.

Former Thunder guard James Harden scored 28 points, Chandler Parsons scored 19 and Dwight Howard had nine points and 10 rebounds for the Rockets. Houston had won five straight, including victories over Miami, Indiana and Portland.

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