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  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Serge Ibaka's strong fourth quarter keys Thunder win over Golden State

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    Ibaka scored 14 of his 27 points in the final quarter to spur the Thunder to a feel-good 127-115 victory over Golden State inside Chesapeake Energy Arena. The win snapped the first-place Warriors’ eight-game winning streak and moved the Thunder (19-20) back within a game of .500.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Warriors

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder faces the Golden State Warriors in the second game of a back-to-back. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Early surge buries Thunder

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com | Published: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    Thursday night’s nationally televised 112-101 whopping at Houston, a game in which OKC yielded 40 first-quarter points, trailed by as many as 26 early in the second quarter and stared at a double-digit deficit for the final 44 minutes, was the latest shred of evidence piling up on the Thunder and...

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Reports have center Brook Lopez headed to Thunder

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    It’s the second time the Thunder has been connected to trade rumors involving Lopez, who is believed to be on his way out of Brooklyn one way or another.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Rockets

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder renews one of the NBA's best rivalries against the Houston Rockets tonight at 7 p.m. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Kevin Durant on Reggie Jackson: 'We're not babying anybody'

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    With the arrival of Dion Waiters, a cloud of uncertainty emerged over Reggie Jackson’s future. Forget a month from now, no one knows how Jackson fits into the picture Thursday night against Houston. His minutes could diminish, his role as the sixth man and trusted closer could soon be taken away....

  • Kevin Durant on Twitter: "I don't like the motives"

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    Kevin Durant posted a string of messages to his Twitter account Wednesday questioning why people use the social networking site and, as a result, sparking widespread confusion among his followers. Why do you post on Twitter? — Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) January 13, 2015 You want a voice? You wanna...

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Thunder is not asking Dion Waiters to be a James Harden clone

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Wed, Jan 14, 2015

    The reality is the Thunder is still in the process of determining what Waiters’ role will be. But his third game in a Thunder uniform, a meeting with old No. 13 on Thursday night in Houston, offers another peek into exactly what Waiters will bring.



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Darnell Mayberry


OKC Thunder Senior Reporter

Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in 2004.


Mayberry joined The Oklahoman’s sports staff in 2005 after a year at the Akron Beacon Journal, where he covered the University of Akron men’s basketball team, high schools and recruiting. Since arriving at The Oklahoman, Mayberry has become the leading authority on the NBA as the only traveling media member and the only reporter to cover every NBA game ever played in Oklahoma City.


He served as the paper’s beat writer on the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets from 2005-07, broke the news of the Seattle SuperSonics’ settlement negotiations with the City of Seattle in the summer of 2008, a development that allowed the team to relocate to Oklahoma, and has covered the Thunder since the franchise’s inception.


Mayberry and his wife, Courtney, were married in 2010 and live in Oklahoma City.



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