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  1. Russell Westbrook sings along to ‘Die Young’ by Ke$ha (VIDEO)

    Jan 19, 2013, 7:35 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Darius Morris

    We see players bobbing their heads or lip-syncing in layup lines all the time before games get started, but rarely do we get a closeup of someone singing along to one of his current favorite jams. Russell Westbrook was caught on camera doing just that on Friday, clearly enjoying himself while singing along to “Die…

  2. Kevin Durant scores career-high 52 points, hits overtime game-winner to get win over Mavericks

    Jan 19, 2013, 1:13 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Kevin Durant scored 52 points, a new career-high in leading the Thunder to a 117-114 overtime win in Dallas against the Mavericks. None of his shots were as ridiculous or as important as the one you see in the video clip above. With under 27 seconds remaining in overtime and the game tied at 114,…

  3. These guys should be the NBA All-Star Game reserves

    Jan 17, 2013, 8:30 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Westbrook drives by San Antonio Spurs' Parker during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA Western Conference basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    The fans have done their job — you all picked the NBA All-Star Game starters. And well done. While I could quibble with a choice I might have made differently, there are no egregious errors (read: Jeremy Lin is not a starter). Now it falls to the coaches to pick the seven reserves for each…

  4. Gary Payton talks Lillard, D-Will and guarding Jordan

    Jan 17, 2013, 4:02 PM EDT

    Gary Payton

    We look at today’s NBA as almost a new golden age of point guards — Chris Paul, Rajon Rondo, Tony Parker, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, and the list goes on and on. It’s a very different era from when Gary Payton was at the peak of his career. Back then Payton could body up on…

  5. Jeremy Lin says what most of us knew: He shouldn’t be an All-Star

    Jan 17, 2013, 12:41 PM EDT

    Jeremy Lin

    Jeremy Lin is starting to play pretty well in Houston, there are more and more games where you can see how he will fit in with James Harden and what they are doing. He is not deserving to be an All-Star. When the All-Star starters are announced later Thursday night, Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul…

  6. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Turns out, the Heat and Thunder are pretty good

    Jan 17, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Durant shoots against Denver Nuggets defenders Randolph and Brewer in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while having to deal with all the people knocking on your door asking for their lost cell phones…. Heat 92, Warriors 75: As it has been with the Heat all season long, when they are focused and defend they destroy teams. Especially teams…

  7. Three Stars of the Night: LeBron’s milestones steal the night

    Jan 17, 2013, 2:20 AM EDT

    Miami Heat LeBron James looks on during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland

    Every night in the NBA offers some sort of impressive performance. Three Stars attempts to filter through them and give you, the reader, a chance to know who did what the best. But on some nights, it’s about more than one game’s worth of work that makes up a performance. Tonight is one such night.…

  8. Three Stars of the Night: Volatile Stars Edition

    Jan 15, 2013, 2:01 AM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    On a night where the Atlanta Hawks scored 58 points, the Memphis Grizzlies shot 30 percent from the field, and the Orlando Magic lost by 29 points…to the Washington Wizards…we could probably use some offensive outbursts to distract us, right? Well, I’ll tell you what — if it’s outbursts you want, our Three Stars are plenty capable…

  9. Kevin Durant scores 41 points as Thunder take care of Suns

    Jan 15, 2013, 1:42 AM 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

    PHOENIX — The Thunder were shorthanded for the second game in as many nights on Monday, with Serge Ibaka sidelined due to injury. But at this point, with this team, all they need is a healthy dose of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook and they’ll be able to beat most teams on most nights. The…

  10. NBA Power Rankings: Thunder on top, Nuggets climbing ranks

    Jan 14, 2013, 4:11 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Chris Duhon, Earl Clark

    Each of the top five teams in last week’s ranking suffered losses, some pretty ugly losses. So, who bounced back and looked best after that? Oklahoma City, so they maintain the top spot. 1. Thunder (28-8, Last week ranked No. 1). Kevin Durant is a better playmaker than last year. Russell Westbrook a better floor…

  11. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Kevin Durant carries Thunder to win

    Jan 14, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the games yesterday in NBA action. Or, what you missed while taking a car through a drive-through with an invisible driver… Lakers 113, Cavaliers 93: Dwight Howard was back playing for the Lakers and it showed — he was blocking shots, drawing double teams and generally opening up the Lakers…

  12. Three Stars of the Night: Front court players in spotlight

    Jan 14, 2013, 2:02 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant drives past Los Angeles Lakers' Clark during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    There’s a simple old coach’s axiom in basketball: Tall and good beats small and good. So tonight we look at the tall guys and give them their due with the three stars. There were other candidates big and small who were worthy but just missed the cut: Carmelo Anthony (27 points 7 rebounds), Brandon Jennings…

  13. Be warned: This year’s Thunder are better than last year’s

    Jan 12, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Serge Ibaka, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook

    Kevin Durant is a better player today than he was when the Thunder lost Game 5 of the NBA finals last season. His ball handling has improved allowing him to take on more playmaking. His defense is better. He is rebounding more. Russell Westbrook is more of a floor general. His play seems crisper, more…

  14. Lakers’ backs against wall after Thunder hands L.A. sixth straight loss

    Jan 12, 2013, 2:21 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Antawn Jamison

    “I told the team that the biggest thing is that our season starts Sunday,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said after the latest in a parade of losses. “And we have got one run and have one shot at it and they need to get ready mentally and physically.” That is the sound of a desperate…

  15. Gasol out for Lakers still, Earl Clark to start against Thunder

    Jan 11, 2013, 2:35 PM EDT

    Earl Clark

    Hey Earl Clark, really good game for the Lakers against the Spurs the other night. Well done. Your reward: Cover Kevin Durant Friday night. The Lakers need to start winning games fast if they want to even make the playoffs (they need to go 30-17 the rest of the way to get to 45 wins,…

  16. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Dallas makes the Clippers work for it

    Jan 10, 2013, 8:01 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Clippers

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the games yesterday in NBA action. Or, what you missed while listening to an ice record… Spurs 108, Lakers 105: The Lakers went on a 13-2 run in the fourth quarter to make this game interesting down the stretch, but in the end the result was the fifth straight Los…

  17. Bradley Beal hits the game-winner to send Wizards past Thunder (VIDEO)

    Jan 7, 2013, 10:43 PM EDT

    Bradley Beal, Thabo Sefolosha, Kendrick Perkins

    The Wizards are just 5-28 on the season, but two of those five wins have come against the teams who met in the NBA Finals last June. Washington already beat the Heat earlier this season, and thanks to Bradley Beal‘s heroics with less than a second remaining on Monday, the Wizards were able to come…

  18. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Heat, Thunder cruise to victory

    Jan 7, 2013, 8:01 AM EDT

    Amir Johnson; Kevin Durant

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the games yesterday in NBA action. Or, what you missed while thinking about NBA doppelgangers… Nuggets 112, Lakers 105: If you like fast paced games with plenty of scoring, a game not really encumbered with defense to slow all that down, than this one was for you. The Lakers defense…

  19. Latest All-Star voting returns in, Charles Barkley will not be happy

    Jan 3, 2013, 4:01 PM EDT

    APTOPIX NBA All Star Basketball

    Apparently, you folks have no concern whatsoever for Charles Barkley’s feelings. The day after Barkley said Dwight Howard and Kevin Garnett have not played well enough to be part of the All-Star starters, they are both in. Howard solidly, he’s a lock, and Garnett has stretched out his lead over Chris Bosh. Basically, nothing has…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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.

  25. 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…

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