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Kevin Durant scores 33 points and 13 rebounds in the 117-86 rout

The Oklahoma City Thunder led by Kevin Durant hasn’t missed a beat since losing All-Star guard Russell Westbrook.

League top gun Durant had 33 points with 13 rebounds, while Jeremy Lamb scored a career-high 22 on Sunday, and the Thunder steamrolled the visiting Houston Rockets 117-86 for its most-lopsided win of the season.

Westbrook underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Friday, his third since tearing his meniscus last April.

Reggie Jackson collected 16 points and eight assists in Westbrook’s place for league-best Oklahoma City (25-5), which shot a sizzling 57 per cent from the floor for its 20th win in the last 22 games.

Taking advantage of the weary Rockets, playing for the third time in four nights, the Thunder raced out to a 26-14 lead after one and 56-44 by halftime behind 19 points from Durant.

After the Rockets drew within nine early in the third quarter, Durant drilled two 3-pointers and Jackson added another in a 15-0 run, opening up a commanding 71-47 cushion.

Durant had 14 points in the period and the Thunder carried a 90-0 advantage into the final frame. The lead swelled to as many as 32 and the Rockets were dealt their worst loss of the season.

Aaron Brooks had 17 points but James Harden finished with just eight 16 below his season average against his former team — as Houston (21-12), had its three-game winning streak snapped.DPA

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