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Westbrook Shines in Thunder Win Over Hornets

Westbrook Shines in Thunder Win Over Hornets Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE) -- Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook led all scorers with 33 points in Oklahoma City's 110-103 win over the Hornets Saturday night. Westbrook, who has been on a tear as of late, also added 10 assists and seven rebounds to his stat line. With Kevin Durant resting a sore foot, the Thunder finally got a look at the team's new assets they acquired at the trade deadline. Backup point guard D.J. Augustin added 12 points off the bench and center Enes Kanter had 10 points and 13 rebounds. "We feel confident with what we have as a unit, especially with the great pieces we have," Westbrook said. "Once we get everybody healthy and rolling we are going to be tough to beat. For now we have to come in every night and take care of business." The Thunder are on a five-game win streak. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Durant Explains His Critical Comments of the Media

Durant Explains His Critical Comments of the Media Oklahoma City Thunder/NBA(OKLAHOMA CITY) -- Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant explained Tuesday why he made critical comments about the media over the past weekend.Durant was asked Saturday about the job security of his head coach Scott Brooks. That prompted the reigning league MVP to snap saying, "You guys really don't know s---." That response created a negative storm of attention toward Durant who had previously, for the most part, been very mild-mannered when talking with the press. Durant met with reporters Tuesday to try and clear the air."I had a moment," Durant said. "Everybody in life has moments. You had one for sure before, but it's not broadcasted like mine. I was more so trying to take up for my teammates, my coach and other guys in the league that gets scrutinized and I don't like. Maybe I should shut up about it. I had one moment. What made me more mad than anything I was told I bite the hand that feeds me. I don't know what that means. I really don't know what that means. I wish someone would explain it to me. But I don't remember none of you guys being there when I was 8 years old and putting in that work, the nights when I'm in here putting in that work in. So I don't really understand what that one means. But, hey, I gotta roll with it. That's a part of it. I was told I shouldn't cry 'cause everybody been through it. So I'm going to shut up."The 26-year-old Durant has played in 26 games this season averaging 25.9 points, 6.6 rebounds, four assists, and one block per game. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Russell Westbrook Named All-Star Game MVP

Russell Westbrook Named All-Star Game MVP Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook was named NBA All-Star Game MVP. The electric Westbrook posted 41 points for the West in a 163-158 victory in Madison Square Garden. More than 17,000 people witnessed a display of incredible offense as the 6'3" point guard put up 27 points in the first half, an NBA record, and fell one point short of breaking Wilt Chamberlain's All-Star Game record of 42, set in 1962. "Moments like this [are] what you dream about as a kid growing up," Westbrook said. "Especially in the Garden, in the Mecca of basketball." For the East, LeBron James led a valiant effort with a 30-point performance, but Westbrook's night would prove to be too much. "He's an unbelievable talent in our league," James said. "His motor, his athleticism, his demeanor about how he approaches the game - it's all great. He showcased that on a big stage." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Westrbrook Leads Thunder Past Spurs, 114-106

Westrbrook Leads Thunder Past Spurs, 114-106 Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) -- No Kevin Durant? No problem for the Oklahoma City Thunder were able to top the San Antonio Spurs 114-106 thanks in large part due to point guard Russell Westbrook. Westbrook dominated on Thursday as he scored a game-high 34 points, pulled down five rebounds, and dished out 11 assists. "You've just got to rally behind him," said Thunder guard Anthony Morrow. "He's a leader, natural born. He comes out there, he plays hard." Second-year center Steven Adams had one of the best games of his career as well, as he scored 16 points, pulled down a career-high 15 rebounds, and blocked three shots. Forward Serge Ibaka also added 21 points. "I thought they outplayed us almost in every facet of the game," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. "When somebody retrieves 50 percent of their shots, you can't say you're focused or playing competitive in any way, shape or form." Spurs guard Manu Ginobili scored 11 points, had seven rebounds, and dished out 13 assists in the loss. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Russell Westbrook Suffers Fractured Hand, Out Indefinitely

Russell Westbrook Suffers Fractured Hand, Out Indefinitely Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The injuries are piling up fast for the Oklahoma City Thunder as All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook suffered a small fracture of the second metacarpal in his right hand Thursday night against the Los Angeles Clippers. Westbrook suffered the injury with 6:35 left in the second quarter and underwent X-rays at the Staples Center. It is unknown just how long Westbrook will be out of action, but the typical recovery time for the injury is about 6-8 weeks. Already without league MVP Kevin Durant and free agent acquisition Anthony Morrow, the Thunder, who were expected to be among the NBA's best teams this season, find themselves without a couple of their best players for at least the next month of the season. "It's unfortunate the way it is right now, but we have to figure out how to get better from all of our experiences," coach Scott Brooks said. "Good teams and good players bounce back from adversity, and our guys understand that." Westbrook is in his seventh season in the NBA, all with the Thunder. He's averaged 20.1 points, 6.9 assists, and 4.9 rebounds per game since entering the league. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

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. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio  

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. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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

Clippers Erase 16-Point Fourth-Quarter Lead, Beat Thunder 101-99Robyn 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 ClippersRonald 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 RoundRonald 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, 92-89Brian 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 WinRonald 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 1Oklahoma 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 EastGregory 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 StreakRonald 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 OTNBA 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, 125-117Jeff 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...
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