Erik Horne
Digital News Thunder Beat Writer

Erik Horne is in his first season on the Thunder beat. Horne joined The Oklahoman as a sports web editor/producer in September 2013, following a five-year stint at The Ardmoreite (Ardmore) – first as a sports writer, then sports editor. At The Ardmoreite, Horne reported on everything from prep sports, to rodeo, to OU pro days, to monster truck rallies.

A native of LaPlace, La. – located 25 miles west of New Orleans – Horne headed to Atlanta following high school, graduating from Oglethorpe University in 2007 as a four-year letterman in soccer. While in Atlanta, Horne worked two years as an intern then sports editor for SCORE Atlanta, providing coverage of the Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Falcons and high schools in the Atlanta metro area.

Horne lives in Oklahoma City.


  • OKC Thunder: Previewing Game 3 of the series between the Thunder and the Dallas Mavericks

    By Erik Horne, Staff Writer, ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Apr 20, 2016

    The Oklahoman's Erik Horne previews Game 3 of the Oklahoma City Thunder vs. the Dallas Mavericks When: 6 p.m. on Thursday                                                   Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas TV: FS Oklahoma (Cox 37/HD 722 — Dish 416 — DirecTV 676-5 — U-verse 751/1751) — TNT (Cox 31/HD 730 — Dish 138 — DirecTV 245 — U-verse 108/1108) Radio: WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM Series: Tied 1-1 THREE THINGS TO KNOW * The Thunder has won both games at the American Airlines Center this season by an average of 8.0 points per game * The Thunder and Mavericks are struggling from 3-point range, shooting just 28.4

  • OKC Thunder: How the Thunder-Mavericks series shifted in less than three minutes

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Apr 19, 2016

    In a two-minute, 36-second span in the fourth quarter, the Mavericks jumped back into the series through big shots, Thunder defensive lapses and OKC’s late-game offensive issues creeping up again.

  • Thunder Buddies podcast: How concerning was the Thunder's Game 2 loss to Dallas?

    Anthony Slater,Berry Tramel,Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Apr 19, 2016

    Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studio's highly-acclaimed comedy 'Ted', but inspired by our continued hope for wall-to-wall coverage of the Thunder. Below is our list of episodes (click the link to listen). If you prefer iTunes for your podcast listening experience, click here and subscribe. Hope you enjoy: Thunder Buddies -- Game 2 Mavs-Thunder recap (<–Click Here) - The Thunder, shockingly, lost to the depleted Dallas Mavericks in Game 2 at home. But unsurprisingly, it happened because of some poor late-game play. What went wrong? What happened to Kevin Durant? What needs to be done to fix it? We discuss.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Erik Horne

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Tue, Apr 19, 2016

    Did the Mavs just put a scare into the Thunder, or does OKC have a series on its hands? Ask Thunder writer Erik Horne in the Power Lunch live chat at 11 a.m.

  • Thunder journal: Skeleton Mavericks match Thunder hustle in Game 2

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Apr 18, 2016

    For the second consecutive game, the Thunder forced the Mavericks into a poor shooting night, but this wasn’t Game 1. The hobbled Mavericks won 85-84 to tie the series 1-1, showing they’re not done despite injury.

  • VIDEO: Russell Westbrook shoves Mavericks during his pregame dance routine

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Apr 18, 2016

    Russell Westbrook and Cameron Payne have become Internet stars for their pregame dance routine. The Mavericks tried to break it up. First, Charlie Villanueva casually walked in between Payne and Westbrook as they danced, and Westbrook wasn't having it. He pushed Villanueva out of the way. When Westbrook was wrapping up the dance he backed into Mavericks rookie Justin Anderson. Westbrook wasn't having that either, so he shoved him out of the way, too, as Payne continued dancing. (Video via Rovce Young). Westbrook's going to murder everyone on the Mavs (via @royceyoung) pic.twitter.

  • Thunder Q&A: Dallas owner Mark Cuban talks free agency, staying at The Skirvin and the Mavs' injury bug

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Apr 18, 2016

    Sitting courtside with his injured point guard J.J. Barea, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban had a big smile on his face. The happy moments for the Mavericks have been few and far between early in their Western Conference series against the Thunder, but Cuban’s still smiling, still optimistic. Cuban sat down with The Oklahoman on Monday prior to Game 2: Considering all the injuries, how do you think you’ve fared and the fight the team has shown not just in the playoffs but toward the end of the season just to make the playoffs? Cuban: “We’ve got a bunch of great guys, great chemistry. We’ve got a team of guys that play to win. Sometimes it takes some adjustments, we made some good

  • Thunder: The story of Serge Ibaka raising his daughter

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Apr 18, 2016

    Much is known about Serge Ibaka, from his rare shooting range at 6-foot-10 to his shot blocking skills. Not many know about the 26-year-old's fatherhood. The Vertical sat down with Ibaka earlier this season to film a mini-documentary about Ibaka and his relationship with his 10-year-old daughter, Ranie. At 17, Ibaka left a war-torn Republic of the Congo to pursue a basketball career in Europe. Not long after, a family friend Ibaka dated informed Ibaka's father that she was pregnant. Ibaka's father, Desire, didn't tell Serge about the child until he was an established NBA player with the Thunder. "I knew he did that to protect me," Serge Ibaka said. "I knew he didn't want me to

  • Serge Ibaka, Thunder get zero votes for NBA Defensive Player of the Year

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Apr 18, 2016

    The NBA announced its Defensive Player of the Year on Monday and San Antonio forward Kawhi Leonard was voted the winner for the second consecutive season. Noticeably absent from the voting? The Oklahoma City Thunder. No Thunder players received a first-, second- or third-place vote from the 130 national sportswriters and broadcasters who participated in the poll. You can view how each writer voted here. Leonard received 84 first-place votes and 547 points total to beat Golden State's Draymond Green (44 first-place votes, 421 points). Miami's Hassan Whiteside received the other two first-place votes, but was a distant third with 83 points.

  • Thunder Q&A: Turner Sports sideline reporter Lewis Johnson

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Apr 17, 2016

    A background in track and field hasn’t stopped Johnson from covering Notre Dame football, the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, the Summer and Winter Olympics and the NBA Playoffs in the last 20-plus years for NBC, ABC, CBS, ESPN and Turner Sports.

  • Thunder journal: How two days of practice shaped OKC's Game 1 blowout

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Apr 17, 2016

    Multiple Thunder players said the team had intense practices the two days leading into Game 1.

  • Thunder: Billy Donovan 'optimistic' about health of Cameron Payne, Nick Collison, Nazr Mohammed

    Erik Horne | Updated: Sun, Apr 17, 2016

    Thunder coach Billy Donovan said he’s “pretty optimistic” about Cameron Payne, Nick Collison and Nazr Mohammed each being available for Game 2 Monday against Dallas. Collison (chest contusion) didn’t play in the second half and Mohammed (strained right calf) left in the fourth quarter of the Thunder's 108-70 win in Game 1. Payne was inactive (hip soreness). Per Donovan, Payne was experiencing some soreness after practice on Friday. “I just don’t think the medical staff wanted to have something like this prolonged over the course of the series,” Donovan said Sunday about Payne. “I think they felt like they could get it to calm down and he could get back to

  • NBA Playoffs: J.J. Barea, David Lee out for Mavericks in Game 2 vs. Thunder

    Erik Horne | Updated: Sun, Apr 17, 2016

    The injuries are piling up for Dallas. While his teammates took shots at the end of practice Sunday, Mavericks guard J.J. Barea sat on the sideline with his hat on backwards in his team apparel. Barea, who came into Game 1 against the Thunder nursing a right groin strain, said there was “no way” he’d play in Game 2 after re-aggravating the injury in the first half Saturday night. Barea started for Dallas but had just two points in 16 minutes. “We’ll see how it goes this week,” Barea said. “Hopefully I can try again on Thursday.” David Lee (right heel) took some jumpers in practice, but Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said the reserve forward won’t play

  • Thunder Buddies podcast: Recapping the Thunder's Game 1 blowout of Dallas

    Anthony Slater,Berry Tramel,Erik Horne | Updated: Sun, Apr 17, 2016

    Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studio's highly-acclaimed comedy 'Ted', but inspired by our continued hope for wall-to-wall coverage of the Thunder. Below is our list of episodes (click the link to listen). If you prefer iTunes for your podcast listening experience, click here and subscribe. Hope you enjoy: Thunder Buddies -- Thunder-Mavs Game 1 recap (<–Click Here) - Game 1 was a romp: 108-70 Thunder. What was so effective for OKC? How big an impact did Enes Kanter have? Will this Serge Ibaka remain? Can the Mavericks do anything to make this series competitive? We discuss.

  • Monty Williams and family return to see Thunder's Game 1 win

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sun, Apr 17, 2016

    Wearing glasses and a dark blue shirt, Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams walked down the stairs alongside Section 104 and sat down in an aisle seat next to his youngest son, Micah. For the first time since the death of his wife, Ingrid, following a Feb. 9 car crash, Williams was at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Four of Williams' five children were in their seats prior to tip-off, each wearing “Bring Your Thunder” T-shirts. Williams joined them around the 6:24 mark of the first quarter. By then, the Thunder was already up double-digits en route to a 108-70 win in Game 1 of its Western Conference first-round series against Dallas.

  • Thunder journal: What a $92 million projected salary cap means for Kevin Durant, OKC

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Apr 15, 2016

    With nine years of service in the league, Durant is eligible for a maximum salary next year slightly less than 30 percent of a team’s salary cap under the current Collective Bargaining Agreement. That would bump his salary from his current $20,158,622 to an estimated $25,760,000 in 2016-17.

  • Thunder Buddies podcast: Previewing the Thunder-Mavericks series

    Anthony Slater,Berry Tramel,Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Apr 15, 2016

    Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studio's highly-acclaimed comedy 'Ted', but inspired by our continued hope for wall-to-wall coverage of the Thunder. Below is our list of episodes (click the link to listen). If you prefer iTunes for your podcast listening experience, click here and subscribe. Hope you enjoy: Thunder Buddies -- Thunder-Mavericks series preview (<–Click Here) - The Thunder and Mavericks play Game 1 on Saturday night. In advance, we break down the matchups extensively, from the point guard to the center to the bench to the coach. Will this series be competitive? We discuss.

  • NBA Playoffs: Ailing Mavericks have different look entering Round 1 series with Thunder

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Apr 14, 2016

    The Dallas Mavericks had four opportunities to beat the Thunder and missed them all. Nope, that's not referring to the Thunder's 4-0 series sweep of the Mavericks this season. Those four opportunities were in one game. During a Jan. 22 loss in Dallas, the Mavericks pulled down three offensive rebounds in a 37-second span and missed every chance to tie in a three-point loss. That was the halfway mark of a season series between the Thunder and Mavericks that had two games decided by three points. When Dallas meets OKC in Game 1 of their Western Conference playoff first-round series on Saturday, it'll try yet again to get its first win this season against the Thunder, this time with a squad limping into the

  • Thunder journal: Kevin Durant sticks up for former OKC coach Scott Brooks

    By Erik Horne and Darnell Mayberry   | Updated: Thu, Apr 14, 2016

    In Durant's first session with the media on Thursday leading up to the start of the playoffs, Brooks' name came up again. Durant went out of his way to talk highly about his former coach, particularly when asked about what’s changed since the last time the Thunder was in the playoffs two seasons ago.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: NBA Playoff preview

    Anthony Slater,Jenni Carlson,Erik Horne,Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, Apr 14, 2016

    Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studio's highly-acclaimed comedy 'Ted', but inspired by our continued hope for wall-to-wall coverage of the Thunder. Below is our list of episodes (click the link to listen). If you prefer iTunes for your podcast listening experience, click here and subscribe. Hope you enjoy: Thunder Buddies -- 04/14 (<–Click Here) - With the playoffs here, the NewsOK sports crew sits down to discuss each series, particularly the Thunder's against the Mavericks. We fused our typical 25-minute Thunder Thursday hangout into a podcast. Enjoy.





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