Thunder reaches the break on five-game winning streak

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The All-Star break is here and the Thunder couldn't be happier. Not only are they ready for the vacation, but they're tied with Miami for the best record in the league at 27-7.

"I'm glad we're going into the break with some wins," Kevin Durant said, "but I think it's important that we come out of the break with some energy and some momentum."

Oklahoma City heads into the league's signature weekend having won five straight, including Thursday night's 100-85 rout of the Los Angeles Lakers. Pau Gasol was impressed.

"They are a very athletic team," he said. "They like to run and you have to be smart about your possessions when you play them. You have to know what you're doing; otherwise they are going to hurt you."

Well, not everyone in Oklahoma City organization gets the weekend off. Durant, Russell Westbrook and the Scott Brooks and his coaching staff are headed to Orlando to represent the Western Conference.

For everyone else, it's a nice break ahead with a chance to reflect on a dominating first half of the season. Play doesn't resume for the Thunder until the start of a three-game road trip Wednesday at Philadelphia.

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