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Westbrook Scores 40, Thunder Evens Series with Spurs 2-2

Westbrook Scores 40, Thunder Evens Series with Spurs 2-2

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(OKLAHOMA CITY) — Russell Westbrook had 40 points, five rebounds, 10 assists, and five steals to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder past the San Antonio Spurs 105-92 Tuesday night, in Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference Finals.
The best-of-seven series is now tied at two games apiece.
“Coach told us he needed maximum effort from us tonight, and it starts with me at point guard,” Westbrook said. “My job is to play both sides of the ball. If you want to win a championship, those are things you have to do.”
The Thunder did just that holding the Spurs under 40 percent shooting from the field while hitting 48.7% of its shots in the win.
Thunder big man Serge Ibaka played 35 minutes and had eight rebounds and three blocks in his second game back from an injury that was supposed to keep him out the rest of the postseason.
“We just play well with Serge,” Thunder head coach Scott Brooks said. “We can do things with Serge in the lineup that we can’t do with other guys.”
Kevin Durant added 31 points for the Thunder, who outscored the Spurs 21-0 in fast break points.
Boris Diaw and Tony Parker both scored 14 points for the Spurs in the loss.
Game 5 is in San Antonio Thursday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. Eastern.
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Spurs Crush Thunder 112-77 in Game Two

Spurs Crush Thunder 112-77 in Game Two

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) –  Danny Green scored 21 points on seven made three-pointers as the San Antonio Spurs routed the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-77 in Game 2 of the NBA Western Conference Finals on Wednesday night.
Tony Parker led San Antonio with 22 points, while Tim Duncan added 14 points and 12 rebounds. Most importantly, the Spurs took a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven series. 
“We just did our job. We won our first two games at home and I’m sure they’re going to go back and say we have to do our job and win two games at home,” Parker said.
The Spurs closed the first half on a 25-8 run to take a 58-44 lead into the break. Parker and Green each scored eight points in the third quarter as the San Antonio outscored the Thunder 33-18.
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook each scored 15 points for the Thunder, but the All-Star duo shot just 13-for-40 from the field. 
“It definitely doesn’t feel good and it shouldn’t,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. “I hope our locker doesn’t feel good. You shouldn’t feel good. We got our butts kicked. But we have a good opportunity to come back and win Game 3.”
Game 3 is set for Sunday in Oklahoma City.
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Spurs Rout Thunder to Open Western Conference Finals

Spurs Rout Thunder to Open Western Conference Finals

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) — Tim Duncan scored 27 points and grabbed seven rebounds as the Spurs dominated the Oklahoma City Thunder 122-105 in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals on Monday night.
Tony Parker didn’t appear to be limited by the hamstring injury that sidelined him for parts of their series against the Portland Trail Blazers.  He scored 14 points and dished out 12 assists in 36 minutes.
“We always want to try to penetrate,” Parker said. “We always want our ball movement, that’s how we play — kick and pitch and stuff like that. You know, obviously it’s a little bit better with [Serge Ibaka] not being in the paint, but we’re still going to try to penetrate and make stuff happen.”
San Antonio scored 66 points in the paint and shot 58 percent from the field. It was easy work inside for the Spurs, as Oklahoma City was without defensive stalwart Ibaka, who will miss the remainder of the postseason with a calf injury.
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined to score 53 points for the Thunder, but the rest of their starting unit struggled for most of the game.
“We’re a no-excuse team,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. “Serge is out. He’s not coming back. We have to play better. We have to play better. If we expect to beat one of the best teams in basketball, and a very good offensive team, we have to play and we’re not going to make an excuse.”
Game two will be played on Wednesday night in San Antonio.
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Thunder Advance to Western Conference Finals

Thunder Advance to Western Conference Finals

Stephen Dunn/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES, Calf.) — Kevin Durant made just one of his first seven shots but turned in another MVP performance to lift Oklahoma City past Los Angeles, 104-98, to advance to the Western Conference Finals. Durant had 39 points and 16 rebounds in Game Six to finish out the series with the Clippers while Russell Westbrook added 22 points and 12 assists.
The Thunder had to mount another double-digit comeback, trailing by sixteen early in the second quarter. Durant would connect on three straight 3-point shots to bring Oklahoma City to within five 41-36 with 4:27 remaining in the first half before trailing by eight heading into the locker room. The league’s Most Valuable Player finished the game going 5-of-8 from beyond the arc.
At the beginning of the third, Los Angeles seemed to have the edge and kept the Thunder at arm’s length. A J.J. Redick basket gave the Clippers a 62-54 advantage with under six minutes to play in the frame, but Oklahoma City went on another run behind strong defense and better shooting. Nick Collison’s three-pointer at the buzzer tied the game at 72-72 heading into the fourth.
Both teams trading buckets to open the period with Chris Paul knotting the game at 80 apiece four minutes in. However, the next two minutes belonged to Oklahoma City as the Thunder scored 10 straight points to seize control. Los Angeles got as close as six the rest of the way, but Oklahoma City hit their free throws down the stretch to ensure the win.
The Thunder were 29-of-33 (87.9%) from the charity stripe while Los Angeles was just 12-for-20 (60%). Meanwhile, Oklahoma City’s defense held the hot-shooting Clippers to just 6-of-21 from downtown. Paul had 25 points and 11 assists for the Clippers to pace the offense. Teammate Blake Griffin fouled out after scoring 22 points and picking up eight rebounds to go along with eight assists. 
Los Angeles must now face a difficult offseason following the racist comments from owner Donald Sterling, as well as two epic collapses in their final two games of the season. Oklahoma City will move on to face San Antonio in the Western Conference Finals beginning Monday night in Texas.
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Thunder Stun Clippers 105-104 to Take 3-2 Series Lead

Thunder Stun Clippers 105-104 to Take 3-2 Series Lead

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(OKLAHOMA CITY) –  Russell Westbrook scored 38 points as the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied from a seven-point deficit in the final minute to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 105-104 on Tuesday night and go up 3-2 in the Western Conference semifinals.
Chris Paul fouled Westbrook on a 3-point attempt with 6.4 seconds remaining.  The Thunder guard calmly sank all three free throws to put his team ahead to stay.
“I think when you get a win like this it brings everybody closer,” Westbrook said. “It lets you know you can’t mess around. You have to take every moment, every play and go out and win the game.”
Kevin Durant sank a three-pointer and converted a layup to bring the Thunder within two points with 17 seconds left. Westbrook stole the ball from Paul on the next possession. The Clippers believed the ball went off Thunder guard Reggie Jackson, but after a review, the officials awarded the ball to the Thunder.
“Everybody knows it was our ball,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “The bottom line is they thought it was a foul and they made up for it. Let’s take away the replay. We were robbed. It was our ball, whether it was a foul or not.”
The Clippers got the ball with 6.4 seconds remaining and a chance to win the game, but Paul had the ball stolen from him yet again as time expired.
The Thunder can clinch the series with a win on Thursday night in Los Angeles.
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Clippers Erase 16-Point Fourth-Quarter Lead, Beat Thunder 101-99

Clippers Erase 16-Point Fourth-Quarter Lead, Beat Thunder 101-99

Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — The Los Angeles Clippers erased a 16-point fourth quarter lead to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 101-99 on Sunday to even up the best-of-seven series at two.
Darren Collison had 12 of his 18 points in the fou…

Durant and Westbrook Combine for 63 as Thunder Roll Over Clippers

Durant and Westbrook Combine for 63 as Thunder Roll Over Clippers

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(OKLAHOMA CITY) –  If Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook continue playing like this, the Oklahoma City Thunder will be hard to beat.
The All-Star duo combined to score 63 points as the Thunder dunked the Los Angeles Cl…

Westbrook’s Triple-Double Sends Thunder into 2nd Round

Westbrook’s Triple-Double Sends Thunder into 2nd Round

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(OKLAHOMA CITY) — Russell Westbrook had 27 points, 10 rebounds and 16 assists to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 120-109 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies Saturday, sending the Thunder to the second round of the NBA Pl…

Jackson Leads Thunder Past Grizzlies In OT, 92-89

Jackson Leads Thunder Past Grizzlies In OT, 92-89

Brian A. Westerholt/Getty Images(MEMPHIS) — Thunder point guard Reggie Jackson scored a team-high 32 points and pulled down nine rebounds as Oklahoma City outlasted the Memphis Grizzlies in overtime, 92-89 on Saturday to even up their first-round West…

Memphis Evens Series with Thunder in OT Win

Memphis Evens Series with Thunder in OT Win

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images (OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.) — Zach Randolph had 25 points, including the go-ahead bucket in overtime, as Memphis outlasted Oklahoma City for a 111-105 overtime win on Monday night.
The victory now evens the series between the t…

Durant’s 33 Leads OKC past Memphis, 100-86 in Game 1

Durant’s 33 Leads OKC past Memphis, 100-86 in Game 1

Oklahoma City Thunder/NBA(OKLAHOMA CITY) — Kevin Durant scored 33 points and led Oklahoma City to a 100-86 win over the Grizzlies on Saturday night to take a 1-0 series lead in the first round series.
Durant put in 13 of his 33 points in the four…

Pacers Top Thunder, 102-97, One Game From Clinching East

Pacers Top Thunder, 102-97, One Game From Clinching East

Gregory Shamus/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) — The Pacers (55-26) are one game away from clinching the top-spot in the Eastern Conference after beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 102-97 on Sunday.
David West put in a 21-point performance and Lance Stephen…

Durant, Thunder End Spurs’ Win Streak

Durant, Thunder End Spurs’ Win Streak

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.) — While one streak continued, another one went down. Kevin Durant scored 25 or more points for the 39th straight time, helping Oklahoma City defeat Western Conference-leading San Antonio 106-94 on Thu…

Mavericks Hold Off Thunder 128-119 in OT

Mavericks Hold Off Thunder 128-119 in OT

NBA via Dallas Mavericks (DALLAS) –  Dirk Nowitzki scored 32 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 128-119 in overtime on Tuesday night.
Nowitzki scored seven points in overtime as he rebounded …

Clippers Get Past Thunder, 125-117

Clippers Get Past Thunder, 125-117

Jeff Gross/Getty Images(OKLAHOMA CITY) — A game between a couple of the best teams in the Western Conference did not disappoint on Sunday. The Los Angeles Clippers came up with a big road win as they defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder, 125-117.
The st…

LeBron Injured as Heat Romp Thunder

LeBron Injured as Heat Romp Thunder

Jim McIssac/Getty Images(OKLAHOMA CITY) –  LeBron James scored 33 points as the Miami Heat romped the Oklahoma City Thunder 103-81 on Thursday night, but his teammates had to finish the game without him.
James went down with 5:50 remaining after …

Kevin Durant Says Russell Westbrook Ready to Return

Kevin Durant Says Russell Westbrook Ready to Return

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — As the Oklahoma City Thunder prepare for the stretch run of their schedule, reinforcements are coming as point guard Russell Westbrook is expected to return on Thursday against the Miami Heat.
Forward Kevin …

Russell Westbrook Sidelined Through All-Star Break

Russell Westbrook Sidelined Through All-Star Break

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(OKLAHOMA CITY) –  Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Friday and will be sidelined through the All-Star break.
“Russell has been playing pain free but rece…

Thunder Take Care of the Knicks, 123-94

Thunder Take Care of the Knicks, 123-94

NBA via Oklahoma City Thunder(NEW YORK) — Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook reminded everyone on Christmas just why he’s one of the elite players in the NBA. Led by Westbrook’s triple-double, the Thunder took care of the Knicks, 124-94.
West…

Russell Westbrook Powers Thunder Over Spurs, 113-100

Russell Westbrook Powers Thunder Over Spurs, 113-100

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) — Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook scored 31 points and had eight assists as Oklahoma City (22-4) defeated the San Antonio Spurs (21-6) on Saturday night, 113-100.
Point guard Reggie Jackson contributed 21 …

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