• Oklahoma River of dreams

    Oklahoma River of dreams

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, May 9, 2016

    Once an eyesore, the riverfront area has become an Oklahoma City destination.

  • How Durant and Westbrook got more than a little help from their friends

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, May 8, 2016

    Dion Waiters raised a hand high and held it palm up as he gazed around a crazed arena in the final seconds of Sunday's game. He seemed to be conducting the fans, encouraging them to hold their crescendo, and they were happy to oblige. The Peake roared for what seemed like the entire fourth quarter, leaving ears ringing long after the final buzzer. Thunder 111, Spurs 97. On a night the Thunder desperately needed a win, it got a virtuoso performance from Kevin Durant, who had 41 points. It also got quite a show from Russell Westbrook, who had 15 assists two nights after the Thunder managed only 14. But for as well as the Thunder superstars played, this game turned on Oklahoma City's others. "Huge,"

  • K.D.'s Thunder-ing performance evens up series with Spurs

    K.D.\'s Thunder-ing performance evens up series...

    By Jenni Carlson Sports Writer jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sun, May 8, 2016

    Oklahoma City Thunder's victory Sunday night evened the best-of-seven series with the San Antonio Spurs at two wins apiece and guaranteed a Game 6 on Thursday back in Oklahoma City.

  • Collected Wisdom: Three years after memorable moment, running remains important to Norman High graduate Patrick Ahearn

    Collected Wisdom: Three years after memorable...

    By Scott Wright Staff Writer swright@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, May 7, 2016

    On April 5, 2013, eight months after losing part of his left leg in a jet ski accident in Destin, Fla., Ahearn — then a senior at Norman High School — ran the 400 meters in a meet at Putnam City wearing a prosthetic leg.

  • Russell Westbrook needs to be a better conductor for OKC to win this series

    Russell Westbrook needs to be a better...

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, May 7, 2016

    Thunder players retreated en masse to set up their defense and slow the Spurs. Kevin Durant pointed at San Antonio point guard Tony Parker, the international sign for "someone pick him up". Thing is, Serge Ibaka, Steven Adams and Andre Roberson were doing the exact same thing. Everyone wanted someone to guard Parker. No one did. Parker pulled up from the left wing, hit an open jumper and gave the Spurs a lead they would never relinquish Friday night. Spurs 100, Thunder 96. On a night San Antonio retook control of this series, Oklahoma City gave away one opportunity after another at crunch time. Turnovers. Bad shots. Poor communication. And much of that was on Russell Westbrook's shoulders.

  • Thunder could sure use a vintage Kevin Durant performance Sunday

    Thunder could sure use a vintage Kevin Durant...

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, May 7, 2016

    By most measures, Kevin Durant has been spectacular in these playoffs. He's scoring almost as well as any player in the postseason, averaging 25.0 points to rank third those still playing. He's in the top five for field goals attempted (169) and field goals made (70), for two-point shots attempted (119) and two-point shots made (57), for free throws attempted (54) and free throws made (47). He's getting shots. He's making shots. And yet, the Thunder superstar hasn't had that game. You know what I'm talking about. One of those nights where he scores in bunches, where he hits four or five straight shots and whips The Peake into a frenzy, where he slaps his hip and pulls at the front of his jersey. You

  • THUNDER-SPURS GAME 3 BY THE NUMBERS

    THUNDER-SPURS GAME 3 BY THE NUMBERS

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, May 7, 2016

    5: Three-pointers by Serge Ibaka, a single-game career high in any game, regular season or playoffs. 6: Missed shots in the first half for LaMarcus Aldridge, tying his high for any game this series. He missed only five shots in Game 1 and six in Game 2. He finished with 13 misses on 8-of-21 shooting. 16-4: Spurs' record in best-of-7 series when they take a 2-1 leader under Gregg Popovich.  16: Baskets made by both teams in the first half, but the Spurs were 7 of 11 from behind the arc, the Thunder 4 of 13. 18: Attempts by Kevin Durant, who was 10 of 18 for 26 points. 21: Misses by Russell Westbrook, who was 10 of 31 for 31 points.  21: Field goal attempts for Westbrook four minutes into the third

  • Entertainment troupe member helps get Thunder fans cheering up a storm

    Entertainment troupe member helps get Thunder...

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, May 5, 2016

    If you’ve been to a Thunder game, no matter where you sit, you’ve seen — and heard — Terrance Briscoe. You can’t help but notice him. He’s one of the Storm Chasers, the Thunder’s in-game entertainment troupe, and while the group is filled with men and women who take peppy seriously, even the other Storm Chasers acknowledge that Briscoe’s energy is unique.

  • Class 4A girls golf notebook: Fort Gibson wins team title

    Class 4A girls golf notebook: Fort Gibson wins...

    By Jason Kersey Staff Writer jkersey@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, May 5, 2016

    Senior and individual state runner-up Emilee Rigsby led the Tigers with a two-round score of 148, and Fort Gibson also placed juniors Shelby Phillips (157) and Abby Psomas (169) in the top-10.

  • Class 4A girls golf: Newcastle's Chloe Black wins individual state championship

    Class 4A girls golf: Newcastle\'s Chloe Black...

    By Jason Kersey Staff Writer jkersey@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, May 5, 2016

    “I really loved softball,” Black recalled Thursday. “I didn’t want to give it up. But I’m glad I chose golf.”

  • How Steven Adams' 'The Cable Guy' act saved the Thunder

    How Steven Adams\' \'The Cable Guy\' act saved the...

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, May 5, 2016

    Do yourself a favor — go back and watch the Thunder big man from the start of the sequence until the end.

  • Frantic finish to Thunder-Spurs Game 2 ends with a couple on opposite sides of the outcome

    Frantic finish to Thunder-Spurs Game 2 ends...

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Renee is a Thunder fan, Robert is a Spurs fan, and what the Oklahoma City couple witnessed in the final moments of Monday night's game left her cheering and him lamenting. But both were wondering what in the heck they'd just seen.

  • OKC Thunder: Billy Donovan needs to bag a timeout

    OKC Thunder: Billy Donovan needs to bag a timeout

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Someone please unbutton the back pocket of his pants and stash a timeout. Two, if possible.

  • OU baseball: Sooners cruise to win over Oral Roberts

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, May 3, 2016

    NORMAN — Oklahoma started a four-game homestand with a 12-3 drubbing of Oral Roberts on Tuesday at L. Dale Mitchell Park. The Sooners wasted no time getting runs on the scoreboard. Sheldon Nuese had the bases loaded in the bottom of the first when he knocked in a two-RBI single scoring Jack Flansburg and Thomas Hughes. Two batters later, Hunter Southerland drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 3-0. Steele Walker would also score in the first on a wild pitch. Trevor McCutchin got the start for Oral Roberts but was removed after recording just two outs. Grant Glaze came on in relief and threw the wild pitch that scored Steele. Glaze gave up four runs in 1 2/3 innings. Dylan Grove got the start for the Sooners, who

  • OKC Thunder: Wild late-game sequence captivates sports world

    OKC Thunder: Wild late-game sequence captivates...

    By Anthony Slater Staff writer Aslater@Oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, May 3, 2016

    The final 13.5 seconds of Monday night's game was a chaotic sequence, unfolding in fewer than 20 seconds but capturing the minds of sports fans nationwide for the next 24 hours.

  • Thunder journal: How Steven Adams saved the Thunder in Game 2 against the Spurs

    Thunder journal: How Steven Adams saved the...

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, May 3, 2016

    There was no escaping for Adams after the Thunder’s 98-97 Game 2 win over San Antonio. It’s becoming increasingly evident that the 22-year-old will have to get used to the attention.

  • OKC Thunder: The Thunder's 98-97 win over the Spurs by the numbers

    OKC Thunder: The Thunder\'s 98-97 win over the...

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    0: Points in the first quarter for Kawhi Leonard, who had 10 points in the first quarter of Game 1 when the Spurs built a lead that the Thunder could never overcome.  1: Time the Spurs have trailed at halftime in these playoffs. It happened in their sixth playoff game when the Thunder led 56-53 at the break Monday. It was also just the sixth time this season that the Spurs trailed at halftime. 2: Losses at home this season for the Spurs. The only team to win in San Antonio before Oklahoma City did so Monday night was Golden State. 4: Misses for the Spurs in the first quarter of Game 1.  5: Misses for the Spurs in the first 2:25 of Game 2. 14: Points in the first quarter for Russell Westbrook, who




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