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Playing without injured guard Russell Westbrook for the second game in a row, the Oklahoma City Thunder blew out the Houston Rockets 117-86 on Sunday night at Chesapeake Arena in Oklahoma City.

Kevin Durant paced the Thunder with 33 points and 13 rebounds, plus five assists with three 3-pointers.

Jeremy Lamb came off the bench to score a career high 22 points, making eight of 10 shots, including three 3-pointers.

Reggie Jackson had 16 points and eight assists, while Thabo Sefolosha added 13 points.

The Thunder never trailed in the game, building the lead to 32 points before winning by 31.

OKC dominated from the start, scoring the first 13 points of the game, then going on a 15-0 run in the third quarter to put the game away.

The Thunder shot 57 percent from the field, made 10 three-pointers, and outrebounded Houston by 11.

OKC held former Thunder star James Harden to just eight points, and two for nine from the field.

The Thunder improve to 25-5 on the season, the best record in the NBA.

OKC continues their three-game homestand on Tuesday night with a New Year’s Eve home game against Portland, who is just a game behind the Thunder for the league’s best record.

Game time Tuesday night is 7:00 at Chesapeake Arena.