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  1. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Nets, Warriors get statement wins

    Jan 3, 2013, 8:01 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets' Williams drives against Oklahoma City Thunder's Westbrook during their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the games yesterday in NBA action. Or, what you missed while figuring out what’s in and what’s out for 2013… Nets 110, Thunder 93: Well, P.J. Carlesimo has his signature win and for a night the Nets looked like the team from the first weeks of the season. Oh, they’re…

  2. Kevin Durant ejected late in Thunder’s home loss to Nets (VIDEO)

    Jan 2, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant reacts after not getting a foul call against the Miami Heat in the fourth quarter during Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    With under two minutes remaining and a home loss to the Nets almost certainly at hand, Kevin Durant let frustration get the best of him. He argued an illegal screen call on teammate Kendrick Perkins, and was issued two quick technicals from the nearby official, which resulted in an automatic ejection. For almost anyone else…

  3. Wednesday And-1 Links: Is Serge Ibaka the NBA’s most improved?

    Jan 2, 2013, 8:22 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Ibaka plays against San Antonio Spurs during their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • Kevin Durant for NBA Most Improved Player? Over at Sports Illustrated, Rob Mahoney…

  4. NBA’s top 10 circus shots of 2012 (VIDEO)

    Jan 2, 2013, 2:06 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook

    Okay, this is the last of the 2012 retrospective videos… probably. It’s a fun compilation from NBA.com and includes some big stars, although I’m not sure it’s fair to put Kobe Bryant on there because he probably practiced that shot 500 times one summer. Not sure I would have had Darren Collison on top, I…

  5. Top 10 NBA dunks of 2012 (VIDEO)

    Jan 1, 2013, 10:31 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Jared Sullinger

    WIth 2012 officially in the books, it’s time to look back on the top 10 dunks of the past year. And just as we all expected, Byron Mullens makes the list and kicks things off at number 10. Yeah, I don’t know either. But his flying jam down the lane after getting his own rebound…

  6. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Bobcats snap 18-game losing streak with win over Bulls

    Jan 1, 2013, 8:01 AM EDT

    Kemba Walker, Taj Gibson

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s games in NBA action. Or, what you missed while ringing in the New Year with an 80-pound Moon Pie … Heat 112, Magic 110 (OT): Orlando was without Glen Davis and Jameer Nelson in this one due to injury, but Miami played down to the level of its competition just…

  7. NBA issues flopping warnings to Royal Ivey, Gustavo Ayon and Tony Parker

    Dec 30, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Tony Parker, flop

    Tony Parker? Flop? Well, I never! The NBA has officially warned Parker, Royal Ivey and Gustavo Ayon today for violating the anti-flopping policy established this season. While this is solely a warning for all three players, if they’re accused of violating the policy again, they will be subject to a $5,000 dollar fine. Parker’s flop…

  8. Three Stars of the Night: An Odd Scoring Battle

    Dec 30, 2012, 2:36 AM EDT

    Brook Lopez, Kyrie Irving

    With 22 teams in action, you’d expect the usual suspects to be the big scorers of the night. Guys like LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and James Harden. The guys battling Kobe Bryant for the scoring title. Those guys. Nope! Saturday was a little bit wild and crazy, and as a result we had Luis Scola…

  9. Kevin Durant goes coast-to-coast for the nasty jam (VIDEO)

    Dec 28, 2012, 3:14 PM EDT

    Thunder forward Durant reacts after a three point shot against the Atlanta Hawks in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Atlanta

    There is a lot of masked, subtle brilliance to what Kevin Durant does. It’s almost like drinking a fine wine — you have to know what flavors you’re looking for to appreciate it fully. Durant had one particular sequence against the Dallas Mavericks yesterday that embodies that. His block on Darren Collison wasn’t just a…

  10. Video: Westbrook, Durant put on a show against Mavs

    Dec 28, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant

    The entertaining game on Thursday night featured the Thunder needing to go to overtime to put away Mavericks.  And while Dallas’ Darren Collison had the play of the game, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook had some highlights of their own.

  11. Thunder come through late to get overtime win over Mavericks

    Dec 28, 2012, 12:22 AM EDT

    Thunder guard Westbrook and forward Durant celebrate after taking the lead against in overtime against the Mavericks in their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    The Oklahoma City Thunder barely had any business staying in this game, considering the lackluster effort they brought to the floor for the majority of its first three and a half quarters. But while Dallas had the energy, they simply didn’t have the execution when it mattered most, and OKC pulled away in overtime for…

  12. No changes atop latest All-Star voting, but Lin and Bosh could sneak in

    Dec 27, 2012, 2:54 PM EDT

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    NBA fans around the globe love Kobe Bryant. Stunning, I know. The latest update on the NBA All-Star voting is out and there are no changes among the starters for either conference — but it’s starting to get close for a few guys. What is different is that Kobe moved past LeBron James as the…

  13. Stephen Curry’s fantastic drive, circus shot vs. Jazz

    Dec 27, 2012, 10:53 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry bites a mouth piece during the first quarter of his NBA basketball game against Los Angeles Lakers in Oakland

    That is just fun. It’s time to talk about Stephen Curry the All-Star. As in should he make the team? The fans are not going to vote him in, so this would have to be a coach’s choice. Curry is scoring 20.3 points per game and dishing out 6.4 assists per game, is shooting 43.9…

  14. As if you didn’t see them enough, here are some NBA ads from Christmas

    Dec 26, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    It’s not exactly the Super Bowl, but on Christmas day you can usually expect to see some new ads featuring NBA stars. Of course it happened this year, and we have already showed you the Blake Griffin one, his latest for KIA. Here were a couple other new ones featuring Chris Paul and Kevin Durant…

  15. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Rockets, Celtics, Clippers get Christmas blowouts

    Dec 26, 2012, 8:35 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Clippers

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while running to the store to buy more double-AA batteries for those Christmas toys…. Celtics 93, Nets 76: The Nets are not a good defensive team, rather they are prone to lapses, like the second quarter when Boston put up 34…

  16. Three Stars of the Night: MVP Candidates shine on Christmas

    Dec 26, 2012, 3:26 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, LeBron James

    Christmas Day is a showcase day for the NBA. No NFL. No college bowl games. Just hoops. And as you can imagine any league run by David Stern doing, it put its biggest stars on display on the biggest early season stage. The second opening day, if you will. The stars on Christmas were the…

  17. Heat knock Thunder out of rhythm, hang on for close win

    Dec 25, 2012, 11:33 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James is defended by Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka in Miami

    If this is going to be the NBA finals again, I am all good with that. In fact, can we start it tomorrow? The Thunder and Heat gave us all the Christmas Day gift of what felt as close to playoff game as you are going to get in December— it was physical, intense, even…

  18. Why five games on Christmas day? Because you watch them.

    Dec 25, 2012, 8:58 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    One year ago, the NBA season tipped off. After an ugly and protracted lockout that should have driven away fans, the NBA opened with five games on Christmas Day — and four of them set ratings records. You watched. So if you want to know why there are five Christmas Day games this year that’s…

  19. PBT Extra: Previewing Thunder vs. Heat Christmas Day game

    Dec 24, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, LeBron James

    It’s the first time the Heat and Thunder have played since the finals last year. Miami has been up and down this season but when focused have looked like their formidable selves. The Thunder are a better team now than they were last June because Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka are improved. Of…

  20. Quote of the Day: LeBron praises Durant and his improvement

    Dec 24, 2012, 12:55 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James is guarded by Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant during the first quarter in Game 1 of the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    “I think he’s a better player. He continues to get better.” —LeBron James speaking of Kevin Durant, via Darnell Mayberry of the Oklahoman. And LeBron is right — what makes Oklahoma City better this year than last is that Durant is better, Russell Westbrook is better, Serge Ibaka is better and so on and so…

  21. LeBron James: “If I wanted to, I could lead the league in scoring.”

    Dec 23, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James passes against the Detroit Pistons in a preseason NBA basketball game in Miami

    LeBron James has been great this season, but he’s not leading the league in scoring. That title currently belongs to Kobe Bryant; a guy who has more buckets than someone in Seattle with a leaky roof. LeBron is actually 5th in the NBA in scoring right now (behind Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant and James…

  22. Report: DeMarcus Cousins changes agents

    Dec 23, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Sacramento Kings

    DeMarcus Cousins has made a mess for himself. He’s lashed out at opponents, coaches, announcers — pretty much everyone. He’s been fined, he’s been suspended. The Kings are tired of apologies. Cousins is sick of losing. And around and around we go. No matter whose side you’re on, it’s safe to say that Cousins has…

  23. Trimester Awards: A Naughty and Nice List

    Dec 21, 2012, 6:19 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Can you believe it? The NBA season is somehow a third of the way finished, which means it’s probably time to take stock of what we’ve seen so far this year. We’ll give out some awards — ’tis the season and all that — but we’ll also dish out some coal. After all, what are…

  24. Russell Westbrook looking… like himself in GQ spread

    Dec 21, 2012, 2:45 PM EDT

    Courtesy GQ

    Let’s be kind here, because he can pull it off like you and I can’t — Russell Westbrook makes some daring clothing choices. So if you are going to give someone in the NBA a spread in GQ, Westbrook is a good call. He’s not going to just play it safe. The brilliant Lang Whitaker…

  25. Russell Westbrook may do Dunk Contest this year

    Dec 21, 2012, 9:51 AM EDT

    Image (1) Westbrook_Dunk-thumb-250x395-10068.jpg for post 1538

    There may be no more explosive, athletic player in the NBA than Russell Westbrook. He is exactly the kind of guy we want to see in the All-Star weekend dunk contest, doing superhuman feats of dunking. And he may be up for it. Westbrook told the Oklahoman he wants to do it and sooner rather…

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