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  1. Three Stars of the Night: A lot of Durant. And Boozer.

    Apr 5, 2013, 7:59 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard

    Three games on Thursday night, three teams picked up wins, we’re going to honor one guy from each team. It’s just that simple. Third Star: Andre Miller (23 points, 7 assists) More responsibility falls on him with Ty Lawson out and he was up to it on Thursday night. He was the guy providing offense…

  2. Thunder take down Spurs, close the gap for top playoff position in the West

    Apr 5, 2013, 1:21 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant drives against the San Antonio Spurs defense of guard Tony Parker of France and forward Tim Duncan in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    The Spurs have been known to rest their top players when their head coach feels the timing is just right, but Thursday night in Oklahoma City there was good reason for Gregg Popovich to see what his team was capable of against the Thunder while playing at full strength. San Antonio started the game with…

  3. John Wall admits a number of point guards are better than him, still wants to get paid

    Apr 2, 2013, 11:15 AM EDT

    John Wall

    It remains one of the interesting questions of the NBA off-season: How much do the Wizards offer John Wall in a contract extension? The Wizards are going to make an offer and they’ve suggested it’s substantial. I think something close to Stephen Curry’s four year, $44 million seems about right. Since getting back and healthy…

  4. NBA Power Rankings: The streak is dead, the Heat not so much…

    Apr 1, 2013, 3:01 PM EDT

    350x-1

    Only two more power rankings after this, so we are starting to turn our view toward the playoffs. Which still feel like the Heat then everyone else. 1. Heat (58-15, last week ranked No. 1). A gutty performance by the Chicago Bulls ended the Heat win streak at 27. But that was a one-time performance,…

  5. John Wall: I’m NBA’s fastest player

    Mar 28, 2013, 10:43 AM EDT

    John Wall, Mike Conley

    When two good players who play the same position play each other – as John Wall and Russell Westbrook did last night – they’re often asked about the other. Most players say something blandly positive about their opponent, satisfying the media with a nice sound bite. But put in that position, Wall didn’t bite. Michael…

  6. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Heat finally lose, Knicks now streaking

    Mar 28, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Martin congratulates Anthony after being fouled by Memphis Grizzlies during their NBA basketball game in New York

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while trying to figure out what caused these pond circles … Bulls 101, Heat 97: It had to end sometime, and Wednesday was the night Miami finally lost after winning 27 straight, ending the second longest streak of victories in NBA history. We…

  7. Denver goes to Oklahoma City, makes statement with 13th straight win

    Mar 20, 2013, 12:04 AM EDT

    Ty Lawson, Danilo Gallinari

    I’m dubious about regular season games making postseason statements; there is too much evidence just from the last few years that the results of regular season games are poor predictors of a playoff series. This win doesn’t mean the Nuggets will beat the Thunder in a playoff series. It means that they truly believe they…

  8. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Clippers dust off what’s left of the Knicks

    Mar 18, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Clippers center Jordan dunks the ball uncontested against the Knicks during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while making the case for the 68th team, the one left out of the NCAA Tournament, because they really had a shot to win it all…. Heat 108, Raptors 91: The Heat tied the second longest winning streak in NBA history with this…

  9. Nowitzki, Westbrook exchange big dunks (VIDEO)

    Mar 18, 2013, 2:48 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks' Nowitzki shoots free throw as Oklahoma City Thunder's Sefolosha watches during NBA basketball game in Dallas

    It’s good to Dirk Nowitzki throw down like that again. Well, I guess again. He’s never really been known for his dunks, but back in the day he did throw a few down. Here he runs the floor, gets the feed and shows he can finish. Russell Westbrook? Nobody ever really questioned his ability to…

  10. Three Stars of the night: Durant, Ellis show how to close out games

    Mar 18, 2013, 2:24 AM EDT

    Monta Ellis

    While you were hopping from Irish pub to Irish pub Sunday, the NBA was putting a pretty solid slate of eight games. We had some surprise good performances and some from the usual suspects. Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook, we’re sorry. On Selection Sunday you were the bubble guys who got cut from Three Stars.…

  11. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Denver fans savor blowout of Knicks

    Mar 14, 2013, 9:45 AM EDT

    Ty Lawson, Tim Thomas, Chris Copeland

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while you were watching the papal seagull….. Heat 98, 76ers 94: There was a time this season when the Heat were coasting and this was the kind of game where they just didn’t bring any heart. But now they have something to play…

  12. Durant defends his shot volume and why it’s not higher

    Mar 13, 2013, 11:12 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets

    Monday night in a loss to San Antonio, Kevin Durant hit 7-of-13 shots on his way to 26 points. Russell Westbrook on the other hand put up 27 shots (including a ridiculous half-court shot trying to draw a foul), hit 11, and finished with an inefficient 25 points. Tuesday that brought up the same old…

  13. Russell Westbrook tried to draw foul on halfcourt shot mid-game (VIDEO)

    Mar 12, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Charlotte Bobcats

    Hey Russell Westbrook, you realize you’re pretty much never going to get that call, right? He tried. Westbrook was coming up the court with just under 2:30 left in the second quarter and Gary Neal steps up to apply some early pressure. And Westbrook — who was in a gunner mode for long stretches of…

  14. Kawhi Leonard with steal, move, slam over Perkins (VIDEO)

    Mar 12, 2013, 9:54 AM EDT

    Kawhi Leonard

    As much as one play can, this play pretty much sums up why the Spurs beat the Thunder Thursday night. There was the defense — from the start of the second quarter on the Thunder had 12 turnovers, like this steal by Kawhi Leonard, and shot just 39.3 percent. There was the energy — the Spurs…

  15. Three Stars of the Night: Unlikely heroes edition

    Mar 12, 2013, 2:44 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs Stephen Jackson, Tim Duncan, and Tiago Splitter of Brazil celebrate after they defeated the Los Angeles Lakers during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Most nights, we have the game’s biggest stars lighting up the scoreboard while leading their teams to victory. That wasn’t the case on Monday, as the leading scorers on the winning side of things were largely unheralded players. Third Star: Kosta Koufos (Game-high and career-high 22 points, 10 rebounds in win over Suns) Koufos isn’t…

  16. Spurs sure look like contenders in 12-point win over Thunder

    Mar 12, 2013, 12:21 AM EDT

    Tim Duncan

    There are two, slightly contradictory take aways from this game: 1) There are a lot of people that watched the Spurs look great in the regular season the last couple years but then look very beatable in the playoffs who think this Spurs team is like those. But there is a key difference — this…

  17. Durant doesn’t buy talk Thunder can’t win it all this year

    Mar 8, 2013, 12:12 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Not everyone believes the Oklahoma City Thunder have a real chance to win an NBA title. And if you watched the Miami Heat take them apart on Valentines Day, it’s easy to say that the gap between the Heat and Thunder is pretty much still where we left it last June. Which is pretty wide.…

  18. Thunder overcome hot shooting from J.R. Smith to outlast Knicks

    Mar 8, 2013, 12:00 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Smith walks off the floor after missing a shot in their NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in New York

    Initially, a little of the luster was lost from the TNT matchup between the Knicks and the Thunder when it was learned that Carmelo Anthony would be forced to sit out his second straight game due to a sore right knee. J.R. Smith took it upon himself to carry the offensive load for New York…

  19. Two men stabbed outside Lakers/Thunder game Tuesday

    Mar 6, 2013, 3:43 PM EDT

    chesapeake arena

    Not sure there is ever a bright side to a stabbing, but the NBA league office can at least breathe easy that this apparently had nothing to do with the game or fans at it. Two men were injured by another man with a knife inside the Cox Convention Center parking area across the street…

  20. Phil Jackson has texted Dwight Howard about back issues

    Mar 6, 2013, 10:31 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Relationships in the Lakers world are more like that of a Scottish clan than a traditional business. Around the Buss family there are rivalries, alliances and marriages (or pending ones, anyway) with all kinds of power implications. There are not a lot of clear lines of demarcation. Out of that morass everyone deals with everyone.…

  21. Serge Ibaka blocks Dwight Howard’s dunk (VIDEO)

    Mar 6, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Earl Clark, Serge Ibaka

    That is how you protect the rim. There aren’t many guys in the league who would even try to block a Dwight Howard dunk, let alone pull it off, but Serge Ibaka did Tuesday night (and got Earl Clark‘s follow up, too). The Thunder beat the Lakers and I don’t know that there is some…

  22. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Three playoff teams get wins

    Mar 6, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Avery Bradley ,Doc Rivers

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while stopping a crime using coffee… Thunder 122, Lakers 105: The Lakers show some fight. Kobe Bryant had 30, Steve Nash had 20 and this was a five point game with six minutes to go. But the Thunder have another gear, the Lakers…

  23. Three Stars of the Night: Youth is served

    Mar 6, 2013, 2:19 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Darius Morris

    It’s an exciting time in the NBA when some of the league’s fresher faces are able to dominate the headlines at times and, more importantly, lead their respective teams to victory. On a light three-game slate in the Association, we had one of the younger guys playing a key role in all three contests. Third…

  24. Russell Westbrook scores 37, leads Thunder to easy win over Lakers

    Mar 6, 2013, 1:37 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Westbrook looks on during a timeout against the Los Angeles Lakers in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    The last time the Thunder played the Lakers, they turned the ball over just nine times, and Russell Westbrook struggled offensively, finishing with just 17 points on 6-22 shooting. Oklahoma City dropped that one on Jan. 27 in Los Angeles, so Tuesday night at home, the team corrected itself in those two areas — in…

  25. Improved Lakers get measuring stick game against Thunder

    Mar 5, 2013, 5:53 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers

    There was a time not so long ago when the up-and-coming Thunder were measuring their improvement against the Lakers. Now, it’s the Western Conference champion Thunder that are the measuring stick and the Lakers who want to see where they stand after a run of better play. The two face off Tuesday night in Oklahoma…

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