• Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook lead Thunder in blowout win over Warriors, power OKC to a 2-1 series lead

    Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook lead Thunder in...

    By CLIFF BRUNT AP Sports Writer | Published: Sun, May 22, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 33 points, Russell Westbrook had 30 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder rolled past the Golden State Warriors 133-105 on Sunday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals. Serge Ibaka added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Thunder, who matched a franchise record for most points scored in a playoff game. Oklahoma City reasserted its dominance on the glass, outrebounding Golden State 52-38. The last time Golden State's Stephen Curry had played in Oklahoma City, he scored 46 points, tied an NBA record with 12 3-pointers and hit a game-winning, 37-footer. This time, the league MVP finished with 24 points on 7-for-17 shooting. Klay

  • Poll: Should Draymond Green be suspended for Game 4?

    Poll: Should Draymond Green be suspended for...

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Sun, May 22, 2016

    Golden State forward Draymond Green was issued a Flagrant 1 for kicking Thunder center Steven Adams in the groin in Game 3. Do you think he should be suspended for Game 4?

  • Physical intensity picks up between Cavaliers and Raptors

    Physical intensity picks up between Cavaliers...

    Updated: Sun, May 22, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan remembers the angry emotions Raptors teammate Bismack Biyombo once stirred in him as an opponent. "I hated him," DeRozan said Sunday. The Cavaliers likely feel a little anger toward Biyombo after his pivotal performance Saturday, when he helped stop Cleveland's 10-0 start to the playoffs in Toronto's 99-84 victory in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. Game 4 is Monday night at Air Canada Centre. Biyombo hauled down a Raptors' playoff-record 26 rebounds, blocked four shots, and scored six of his seven points in a quick fourth-quarter spurt that helped seal Toronto's win. That wasn't all.

  • Jones suspended, Casey fined by NBA for Game 3 actions

    Jones suspended, Casey fined by NBA for Game 3...

    Updated: Sun, May 22, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — Cleveland's Dahntay Jones has been suspended for one game by the NBA for striking Toronto's Bismack Biyombo in the groin. The league also fined Raptors coach Dwane Casey $25,000 on Sunday for his criticisms of the officiating. Biyombo remained on his knees on the court after time expired in Game 3 on Saturday night after Jones hit him with 17.6 seconds remaining. The little-used reserve will miss Game 4 of the series Monday night. Casey's comments, including his belief that Biyombo isn't getting enough calls, came in his postgame press conference following the Raptors' 99-84 victory. Cleveland leads the series 2-1.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Warriors

    Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Warriors

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Sun, May 22, 2016

    The Thunder looks to protect homecourt advantage as the Western Conference Finals series shifts to Oklahoma City for Game 3. Follow live updates on tonight's game from our Thunder coverage team and more from around the web.

  • The Collected Wisdom of Al Attles, legendary former Warriors player and coach

    The Collected Wisdom of Al Attles, legendary...

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, May 22, 2016

    Attles started his career with the Philadelphia Warriors in 1960, the beginning of a relationship with the franchise that’s lasted more than half a century

  • Mark Cuban tells 'Meet The Press' Thunder are his title pick

    Updated: Sun, May 22, 2016

    Mark Cuban is picking the Oklahoma City Thunder to win the NBA's biggest prize. The owner of the Dallas Mavericks gave a wide-ranging interview for NBC's "Meet The Press," and host Chuck Todd ended the sit-down by asking Cuban if he was picking Cleveland, Golden State or Oklahoma City to win the NBA title. "You know, I'm going to take a little bit of a long shot here and go with the Thunder," Cuban said, according to a transcript provided by NBC. Toronto wasn't one of the options Todd presented to Cuban. "I've already eliminated the Raptors," Todd said, though it bears noting that the interview with Cuban was taped before Toronto's win over Cleveland in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday night. Th

  • Previewing Thunder-Warriors, Western Conference finals Game 3

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, May 22, 2016

    The Oklahoman’s Erik Horne previews the Oklahoma City Thunder against the Golden State Warriors, Game 3 of the Western Conference finals.

  • DeRozan, Raptors end Cavaliers' streak with 99-84 win

    DeRozan, Raptors end Cavaliers\' streak with...

    Updated: Sun, May 22, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) — Cleveland's perfect playoff run went south in the north. DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points, Bismack Biyombo set a Toronto playoff record with 26 rebounds and the Raptors beat Cleveland 99-84 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday night, handing the Cavaliers their first loss this postseason. Kyle Lowry scored 20 points, Cory Joseph added 14, and Patrick Patterson and DeMarre Carroll each had 10 for the Raptors. They rebounded after losing the first two games in Cleveland by a combined 50 points. In Toronto, where "We The North" is a rallying cry, a sell-out crowd dressed in red and white T-shirts cheered the Raptors to their seventh victory in nine home playoff games. Game 4 is Monday night

  • Despite blowout win, Golden State "down" 1-1

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Sat, May 21, 2016

    The Thunder left Oakland disappointed Wednesday night. The Western Conference finals were tied 1-1. A couple of weeks earlier, the Thunder left San Antonio elated. The Western Conference semifinals were tied 1-1. That was the result of order of verdicts. In Oakland, the Thunder suffered a blowout defeat in Game 2. In San Antonio, the Thunder suffered a blowout defeat in Game 1. The Thunder has proven over the years that blowout defeats don’t affect it much. Doesn’t portend future success or failure. About the only thing the order of a 1-1 playoff road trip affects is the mood on the flight home and of the fan base until Game 3. In fact, the Warriors’ Draymond Green, even after a 118-91

  • OKC Thunder: Former Thunder assistant Ron Adams, a defensive guru, terrorizing his former pupils from the Warriors sidelines

    OKC Thunder: Former Thunder assistant Ron...

    By Anthony Slater Staff writer Aslater@Oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, May 21, 2016

    This past Wednesday, Adams helped concoct a scheme that turned Kevin Durant over eight times and stymie the Thunder’s explosive offense, tying the Western Conference finals at 1-1.

  • Russell Westbrook vs. Steph Curry: May this series never end

    Russell Westbrook vs. Steph Curry: May this...

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, May 21, 2016

    Lay aside strategy and emotions and ramifications. Ponder, if you can, just how special it is to see a fortnight of duels with the NBA’s must-watch stars, Westbrook and Curry, in action.

  • NBA's 6-city tour lets US catch up in 3-on-3 basketball

    NBA\'s 6-city tour lets US catch up in 3-on-3...

    Updated: Sat, May 21, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) — Gary Payton believes the United States is behind other nations in organized 3-on-3 basketball. A first step in catching up was Saturday's opening day of Dew NBA 3X, a six-city U.S. tour of 3-on-3 tournaments. Payton is the NBA ambassador for the tour and he was joined Saturday by Los Angeles Lakers guard Lou Williams, an Atlanta native. Hall of Famers Dominique Wilkins and Isiah Thomas are scheduled to take part in Sunday's final day in Atlanta. FIBA, basketball's governing body, has proclaimed 3-on-3 basketball to be the world's No. 1 urban team sport. It is promoting 3-on-3 as a way to get more players involved in the sport and failed in its bid to have the sport included in the 2016 Olympics.

  • OKC Thunder journal: Billy Donovan has ‘confidence’ in starters, but doesn’t reveal Game 3 lineup

    OKC Thunder journal: Billy Donovan has...

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, May 21, 2016

    The question about the Thunder starters directly referenced Andre Roberson. With Roberson on the floor against the Warriors this series, the Thunder has been outscored 100-70.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant must elevate his game to give his a team a chance at topping the Golden State Warriors

    OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant must elevate his game...

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, May 21, 2016

    Overall in these playoffs, Durant has fallen below his standards.

  • Warriors' big men must come up big in Game 3 against Thunder

    Warriors\' big men must come up big in Game 3...

    Updated: Sat, May 21, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Warriors' big men might be just as important as the Splash Brothers right now. "When the shot goes up, you can't be watching, looking for the rebound," Golden State forward Draymond Green said. The Thunder won the battle of the boards by eight in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals and seized home-court advantage with a 108-102 win. Golden State bounced back in Game 2 and outrebounded Oklahoma City by nine in a 118-91 victory. The series shifts to Oklahoma City for Game 3 on Sunday. Golden State's Game 2 effort on the glass was a surprising development. The Warriors are a smaller team; the Thunder were the league's top rebounding team during the season.

  • Donovan, Kerr took very different paths to NBA coaching

    Donovan, Kerr took very different paths to NBA...

    Updated: Sat, May 21, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Billy Donovan is trying to accomplish the improbable and lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a championship as a first-year NBA coach, just as Steve Kerr did guiding Golden State to its first title in 40 years last June in his rookie season running the Warriors. These two have become friends along the way during their drastically different journeys to the NBA bench. Their personalities are polar opposites, too, with Kerr cracking jokes and even stopping his press conferences to give writers time to post important Warriors news to their Twitter followers. Donovan is typically straight-faced and serious.

  • Donovan, Kerr took very different paths to NBA coaching

    Donovan, Kerr took very different paths to NBA...

    Updated: Sat, May 21, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Billy Donovan is trying to accomplish the improbable and lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a championship as a first-year NBA coach, just as Steve Kerr did guiding Golden State to its first title in 40 years last June in his rookie season running the Warriors. These two have become friends along the way during their drastically different journeys to the NBA bench. Their personalities are polar opposites, too, with Kerr cracking jokes and even stopping his press conferences to give writers time to post important Warriors news to their Twitter followers. Donovan is typically straight-faced and serious.

  • Timberwolves will not retain Newton, Kander

    Updated: Fri, May 20, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor decided to hire Tom Thibodeau as coach and president of basketball operations and Scott Layden as general manager, many in the organization braced for sweeping changes to the front office and coaching staff. Those changes arrived Friday, a few weeks after Thibodeau and Layden took over. Milt Newton, the general manager who took the lead after Flip Saunders died from Hodgkin's lymphoma just before the season began, and Arnie Kander, the sports science guru brought in by Saunders to help address the team's difficulties in keeping players healthy, were among the most significant names not to be retained.

  • Thunder: Banged-up Steven Adams playing through a punishing postseason

    Thunder: Banged-up Steven Adams playing through...

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, May 20, 2016

    The Thunder’s improvement has been tied to Adams’ improvement. Adams’ minutes are up. So are his numbers. So are the nagging injuries that have slowed the burgeoning center briefly this postseason.




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