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  1. Rockets play much better, but Thunder escape with the win for a 2-0 series lead

    Apr 24, 2013, 11:05 PM EST

    Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverly drives against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook in the second half of their Game 2 NBA Playoffs basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    After dropping Game 1 of their first round playoff series to the top seeded Thunder by 29 points, there weren’t many who believed the Rockets would be able to compete for more than short stretches the rest of the series. But thanks to some key adjustments, Houston gave the Thunder all they could handle in…

  2. Thunder turn Game 1 against Rockets into a laugher

    Apr 22, 2013, 12:54 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder Durant , Ibaka of Congo, and Perkins share a light moment on the bench late in the game against the Houston Rockets in Oklahoma City

    The Thunder led 13-2 before the Rockets tied the game at 38, but Oklahoma City responded with a 14-1 run late in the first half. Houston hung around the fringe of striking distance before the Thunder made another 13-2 run midway through the second half. The Rockets – and the Western Conference – are trying…

  3. PBT NBA Playoff Preview: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets

    Apr 19, 2013, 5:01 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets

    SEASON RECORDS Oklahoma City: 60-22, first seed in East Houston: 45-37, eighth seed in East SEASON SERIES The Thunder won 2-1, though that doesn’t truly capture how much they dominated the series. Oklahoma City won by 22 and 30, and Houston won by just three. KEY INJURIES Oklahoma City: Kevin Martin and Kendrick Perkins haven’t…

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

    Mar 18, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    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…

  5. J.R. Smith swings an elbow at the head of Thabo Sefolosha (VIDEO)

    Mar 8, 2013, 9:34 PM EST

    Woodson JR Smith

    This went unnoticed during Thursday night’s closer-than-expected contest between the Knicks and the Thunder, but you can bet that the league will be reviewing it in the days that follow. With about 5:20 remaining in the fourth quarter, J.R. Smith takes an aggressive swing with his right elbow to the head of Thabo Sefolosha. Thankfully…

  6. Ty Lawson hits the game-winner to beat the Thunder (VIDEO)

    Mar 2, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

    Denver Nuggets' Lawson celebrates game winning basket over Oklahoma City Thunder in NBA basketball game in Denver

    It all came down to this. Game tied at 103, Nuggets ball, less than 10 seconds remaining. Ty Lawson gets isolation on the wing against Thabo Sefolosha, who is known as an above-average defender. Sefolosha plays Lawson for the drive, which isn’t a bad idea considering Lawson’s rep as one of the speediest guards in…

  7. Baseline to Baseline recaps: It took three overtimes for Celtics to stop Nuggets streak

    Feb 11, 2013, 7:57 AM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Boston Celtics

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed wondering again why you watch the Grammy’s every year… Heat 107, Lakers 97: The Lakers are playing better, they are starting to figure things out. But that’s still a process. And when the Heat cranked it up in the fourth quarter they pulled…

  8. Kevin Durant delivers daggers as the Thunder roll over the Clippers

    Jan 23, 2013, 2:32 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Clippers

    In a big road test against the Los Angeles Clippers for Western Conference supremacy, Kevin Durant was unproductive and almost non-existent to start the game. Those aren’t words you typically use to describe Durant at any point, but it was inexplicably true. The league’s leading scorer was quiet throughout the first quarter, scoring only one…

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

    Jan 12, 2013, 2:21 AM EST

    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…

  10. The Extra Pass: The All-Value Team

    Jan 11, 2013, 10:00 AM EST

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Clippers

    The Extra Pass is a new daily column that’s designed to give you a better look at a theme, team, player or scheme. Today, we’ll put together a squad featuring some of the league’s most valuable contracts.  Signing players to any substantial contract during the offseason free agency period is like tap dancing through a…

  11. Kevin Durant hits courtside fan with a pass, kisses her to apologize (VIDEO)

    Nov 22, 2012, 8:11 AM EST

    Kevin Durant

    Kevin Durant is nothing short of a killer on the basketball court, as evidenced by his 35-point effort which helped his team to an overtime win over one of the league’s top teams. But he was able to showcase his softer side at the same time. With just over seven minutes to play in the…

  12. Thunder 117, Clippers 111: A Chris Paul survival guide

    Nov 22, 2012, 1:44 AM EST

    Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook

    Chris Paul is terrifying, and he knows it. Paul doesn’t score just to score — he does it to establish the threat. When you’re 6-foot-nothing in a league filled with giants, you manipulate instead of overwhelm. Paul can have 6 points and it will feel like he’s dominating, just because he made his shadow look…

  13. Thunder get right with blowout destruction of Raptors

    Nov 7, 2012, 12:05 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder Russell Westbrook passes inside to a teammate in their NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Oklahoma City

    If you want the short version of how things went for the Raptors in Oklahoma City on Tuesday, we have that for you here and here. For those that want the excruciating details, feel free to continue. It’s amazing how any the talk of chemistry issues and in-house bickering suddenly disappears when a weaker opponent…

  14. Strain of change leading to concerns about Thunder chemistry

    Nov 5, 2012, 1:04 PM EST

    Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant

    It has been a strange thing to see — barking and bickering among the tight chemistry of the Oklahoma City Thunder. It’s come up every game so far this season, Darnell Maryberry of the Oklahoman described Sunday’s incident in a loss to the Hawks. At the end of the first quarter, Thabo Sefolosha and Russell…

  15. Friday And-1 links: Something is different with Gooden’s hair

    Oct 19, 2012, 7:33 PM EST

    drew-gooden-weird-hair

    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. • The guys at The Basketball Jones ask a great question: What is going…

  16. Thursday And-1 links: J.R. Smith is among NBA’s injured

    Oct 18, 2012, 7:41 PM EST

    New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Dallas Mavericks in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    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 like most of the country likes watching the Yankees lose. • Already without Iman…

  17. Dwight Howard silly season opens up. The Thunder? Will not happen.

    Jul 23, 2012, 12:34 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    With all Dwight Howard trade action — to the Rockets, to the Lakers in a three-team deal with Cleveland, to anyone — in a holding pattern, speculation is starting to run wild. Not rumors. Not “hey, GM X talked to the Magic to put in a bid.” But rather random, rampant speculation from the media…

  18. NBA Finals: Mike Miller helped Heat to first championship in Big Three Era

    Jun 22, 2012, 12:27 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

    The Miami Heat stars were excellent on Thursday night on the way to LeBron James winning his first NBA championship, but there shouldn’t have been as many people as there were who honestly thought James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh wouldn’t be able to step up when the game was on the line. There obviously…

  19. LeBron now has signature moment, will soon have ring, too

    Jun 20, 2012, 8:57 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Four

    That, right there, is the signature moment all superstar champions have. Michael Jordan has the flu game. Magic the baby sky-hook. Think of Dr. J and you think of the up-and-under scoop in the finals. And so it goes for every superstar. LeBron James needed one because he is soon going to both have a…

  20. NBA finals Game 4: LeBron, Heat play through pain to reach brink of a title

    Jun 20, 2012, 1:24 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Four

    One year ago, the Miami Heat were ahead 2-1 in the finals against Dallas and up 9 points in Game 4. Then they learned some very painful lessons. This year, the Heat were again up 2-1 and this time were down 94-92 with four minutes remaining. Adding to their woes, LeBron James was on the…

  21. NBA finals Game 4 pregame notes: Brooks says Durant can’t worry about fouls

    Jun 19, 2012, 8:02 PM EST

    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

    Kevin Durant is not a player prone to foul trouble — he tends to dish out fouls to the unfortunate souls tasked with covering him, not get in trouble himself. But in the last two games Durant has been in foul trouble and it has dramatically impacted Oklahoma City’s offense and execution. Thunder coach Scott…

  22. NBA finals Game 4: Five things the Thunder need to do to win

    Jun 19, 2012, 11:58 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder Westbrook reacts with Durant and Harden as they lose to the Miami Heat during Game 3 of the NBA basketball finals in Miami

    Miami has made its statement. Nobody ever questioned their talent, the questions were how LeBron James would deal with being back on the biggest stage, and secondly, would they bring consistent effort that they had lacked all playoffs? LeBron has been the series MVP so far and for two games in a row the Heat…

  23. Thunder let Game 3 get away in NBA Finals after Miami gave them multiple chances

    Jun 18, 2012, 12:01 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Three

    The Oklahoma City Thunder have shown all season that they’re a tough team to beat, but their youth and relative inexperience may have finally caught up to them on Sunday night. The Thunder, playing their first game as the away team in the NBA Finals, looked like they might be on the way to running…

  24. NBA Finals Heat-Thunder Game 2: Welcome back, Thunder defense

    Jun 15, 2012, 12:14 PM EST

    Miami Heat's James goes to the basket against Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant during Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    I had serious questions about the Thunder defense heading into Game 1. After all, this was a top ten, but not top five defense throughout the year, and it still gave up a ton of points to San Antonio (which granted has the best offense in the league). I had major concerns about how they…

  25. NBA Finals Heat-Thunder Game 2: LeBron hulks out inside and rips Thunder to shreds

    Jun 15, 2012, 1:53 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two

    For years we’ve asked the question. “LeBron James is so big and powerful. Why doesn’t he get inside more?” In Game 2 of the NBA Finals, we found out what happens when he does. James scored 18 of his 32 points in the paint. He scored 20 points on field goal attempts. So on non-free-throws,…

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