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Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook combine for 78 against Minnesota Timberwolves

By Jon Krawczynski

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, April 14 2012 8:47 p.m. MDT

Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant, left, attempts to drive around Minnesota Timberwolves' Michael Beasley, right, in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, April 14, 2012, in Minneapolis.

Tom Olmscheid, Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS — Kevin Durant scored 43 points and Russell Westbrook had 35 and eight assists to keep the Oklahoma City Thunder atop the Western Conference with a 115-110 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night.

Durant scored 16 in the final seven minutes for the Thunder (44-16), who started the day one game ahead of the Spurs — but tied in the loss column — for the top seed in the West.

Anthony Randolph had 22 points and 11 rebounds and Michael Beasley scored 26 for the Timberwolves, who lost their ninth straight game and 25th in a row in April dating to 2009.

The Wolves were playing without All-Star Kevin Love, who missed his second straight game with a concussion.

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