• Wade, Heat force Game 7 with 97-90 win over Hornets

    Updated: 8 min ago

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Dwyane Wade proved he still has some magic in his 34-year-old body. Wade scored 10 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, making his first 3-pointer of 2016, and the Miami Heat forced their first-round series to a seventh game with a 97-90 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night. Luol Deng was 9 of 14 from the field and finished with 21 points, while Goran Dragic added 14 points and seven rebounds for the Heat, who will host Game 7 on Sunday. The Heat overcame a playoff career-high 37 points from Kemba Walker to hand the Hornets only their 11th loss of the season at home. Al Jefferson had 18 points and nine rebounds, and Cody Zeller had 12 points off the bench for Charlotte.

  • Pacers force Game 7 against Raptors with 101-83 win

    Updated: 46 min ago

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Paul George scored 21 points, Myles Turner added 15 and the Indiana Pacers beat the Toronto Raptors 101-83 on Friday night to force a Game 7 of their series. That will be played Sunday in Toronto, and the winner will advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals. DeMarre Carroll and Cory Joseph each had 15 points for the Raptors, who haven't won a postseason series since the first round in 2001. Indiana trailed by as much as 12 early, never led until early in the third quarter and had to fend off a late third-quarter charge from the Raptors before blowing it open in the fourth.

  • Lakers hire Warriors assistant Luke Walton as head coach

    Updated: 47 min ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers have reached an agreement with Golden State assistant Luke Walton to become their head coach. The Lakers made the announcement Friday night, five days after firing Byron Scott. Walton will join the Lakers after the Warriors' playoff run. The 36-year-old former Lakers forward returns to become the 26th head coach in franchise history. Walton became a top candidate for coaching jobs earlier this season when he led Golden State to a 39-4 record as the interim head coach, including a spectacular 24-0 start by the defending champions. He won't have nearly the same level of talent in Los Angeles, which is rebuilding after the retirement of Kobe Bryant.

  • THE MATCHUPS: Thunder beat writers Erik Horne and Anthony Slater break down the Western Conference semifinal series

    By Erik Horne and Anthony Slater Staff Writers | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    POINT GUARD Russell Westbrook vs. Tony Parker • Analysis: The Spurs will attempt to hide Tony Parker defensively on Andre Roberson when the Thunder is on offense. That's in order to avoid the mismatch of mismatches. Westbrook has the size, athleticism and playmaking (NBA best 11.2 apg in playoffs) to cancel out Parker, 33, who could face another mismatch in Dion Waiters. • Edge: Westbrook SHOOTING GUARD Andre Roberson vs. Danny Green • Analysis: Green hit 46.2 percent of his 3-point attempts against Memphis in a first-round sweep. Roberson's iffy 3-point shot was even worse against Dallas (1-of-7), but he locked up J.J. Barea and upped his rebounding and steals.

  • ALL IN THE FAMILY: Thunder has been the most successful of the many Spurs spinoffs

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    The Thunder and Spurs meet for a third time in the playoffs. The Western Conference semifinals start Saturday night in San Antonio, and it’s all in the family again.

  • OKC Thunder: Spurs spinoffs

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    SAN ANTONIO SPINOFFS Replicating success is a hallmark of sports management. And television. In the NBA, other franchises frequently have raided the San Antonio Spurs for executives and coaches to transplant the Spurs' culture, in the same way that TV raided Norman Lear's classic “All in the Family” to establish new comedies. Here we give the Spurs' spinoffs an “All in the Family” counterpart: THUNDER/THE JEFFERSONS Thunder: Clay Bennett, former chairman of the Spurs' board of governors, got his own franchise in the Seattle SuperSonics in 2006. Bennett hired young Sam Presti, the Spurs' assistant general manager, and moved the team to Oklahoma City in 2008, with a civic ownership group similar to San Antonio's.

  • Thunder: What's changed, remained the same in theThunder-Spurs series since 2012?

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    This series won’t decide the West’s winner, but it shares some similarities to the previous two meetings. The differences, however, could tilt the series in either team’s favor.

  • How David West improved as an NBA player and a person

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    Most of us would jump at a seven-figure annual salary, but leaving nearly eight figures on the table? Who does that in pro sports? David West.

  • Thunder journal: Tampering? Drake name-drops Kevin Durant, Thunder on new album 'Views'

    By Erik Horne and Anthony Slater Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    In August of 2014, Drake was reportedly fined $25,000 by the league for doing some light recruiting of Durant at OVO Fest in Toronto.

  • Rockets must find coach in wake of first-round ouster

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets' season got off to a disappointing start. So it was fitting that it ended in similar fashion. The Rockets narrowly avoided missing the playoffs and barely put up a fight before their first-round elimination by Golden State in Game 5 wrapped up a tough season. Now they face many offseason questions, the biggest being who will coach this team and whether Dwight Howard will opt out of the last year of his contract and become a free agent. "We're going to get the coach search right," general manager Daryl Morey said. "We're going to get someone in here who is going to help turn this thing around." Morey said he would like to keep Howard, but that they'll have to wait to see what he

  • Batum 'running on adrenaline' in Game 6 after birth of child

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Hornets forward Nicolas Batum said he's "running on adrenaline" as he prepares for Game 6 of Charlotte's first-round playoff series against the Miami Heat following the birth of his son early Friday. Batum's wife gave birth to their child, Aiden, shortly after midnight Friday. Batum said he'd only slept about two hours. "To have a baby is always an amazing thing, but to have a baby before Game 6 with a chance to close a series — that is pretty crazy, too," Batum said before the game. "It's a unique experience." The Hornets lead the series 3-2 and can close out the Heat with a win at home. Charlotte started the series down 2-0 but has bounced back to win three straight games, including Wednesda

  • Curry rehabbing right knee several times a day to get back

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry is rehabbing his injured right knee about three times a day, spending four to five hours at the Warriors' practice facility to try to get back on the court for the defending champions as soon as possible. And, if there's any chance he can pull it off, that will be ahead of the initial two-week timeline Golden State general manager Bob Myers guessed. It's the playoffs, and the reigning MVP realizes he probably won't be fully 100 percent when he returns. "I always have an optimistic view, no matter what it is," Curry said Friday. "I hope to get back sooner.

  • LeBron 'not fond' of NBA's reviews of officiating

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — LeBron James isn't a fan of the NBA's officiating reviews. "I'm not fond of it," he said Friday. James was asked about the league's postgame reports in the aftermath of former Miami teammate Dwyane Wade's complaints that he was fouled in the closing seconds of a loss to Charlotte in a pivotal Game 5 on Wednesday night. In its review of the game's final two minutes, the league said the officials got a call correct in not assessing a foul on a play involving Wade and Hornets players Courtney Lee and Cody Zeller. On a drive to the basket, Wade drew contact as he went up for a shot. It was one of 26 events reviewed by the league in Charlotte's 90-88 victory.

  • Optimism high as Celtics enter a likely active offseason

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — The emergence of an All-Star and lots of victories made the Celtics one of the biggest surprises in the NBA this season. It also left Boston with lots of questions following its second straight first-round exit from the playoffs — this one, a six-game loss to the Atlanta Hawks — with a young roster that probably still needs a few more pieces to make the next step. It has lots of draft picks and salary cap space to play with, which promises to make the summer an active one for the Celtics. "This is probably the closest them I've been on. I love being around the guys. But everybody sees it. We do need a little more," said point guard Isaiah Thomas, who averaged a career-best 22.2 points and was named t

  • Drug dealers use 'Steph Curry' likeness to market heroin

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia drug dealers looking to market their heroin as top of the line are stamping packets with the likeness of Golden State Warriors superstar Steph Curry. Regional transit police chief Thomas Nestel tweeted a picture of several packets featuring Curry's face and name. His caption read, "Thinking Steph Curry wouldn't be happy that he is this week's brand for heroin in Philly." Philadelphia is known for having the most potent heroin in the country. Nestel says he noticed the Curry heroin-branding this week after an officer stopped a man with the packets. Nestel says the approach is "definitely unique" for Philadelphia. He says he hasn't seen drug dealers taking the names of other athlet

  • Thunder-Spurs: The Oklahoman's staff predictions

    darnell mayberry | Updated: 7 hr ago

    The Thunder's second-round series against San Antonio gets underway with Game 1 on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. from the AT&T Center. It will be the most compelling matchup yet from these playoffs, and it might go down as the best series all postseason. Before the playoffs began, The Oklahoman's staff predicted each series of this postseason. But some have had a change of heart about this Thunder-Spurs showdown. Here are our updated picks. MIKE SHERMAN, SPORTS EDITOR Thunder in 6: I’m coming around on these guys. Credit Enes Kanter. (Original pick: Spurs in 7.

  • LeBron, Cavaliers refocus with Hawks waiting in playoffs

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers weren't flinging any footballs or dancing on Friday — at least not in public. The fun and games have been put on hold. It's time to get serious again. After two days to relax, a few light workouts and some post-practice shenanigans, which included LeBron James throwing a football with J.R. Smith and Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert busting out dance moves, the Cavs refocused for the second round of the NBA playoffs. On Monday, they'll host Game 1 against Atlanta, which advanced by beating Boston 104-92 on Thursday night in Game 6. The victory earned the Hawks a postseason rematch with the Cavs, who swept them in last year's conference finals behind a command performanc

  • Durant-Leonard matchup highlights Thunder vs. Spurs

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two years ago, the Thunder's Kevin Durant tweeted that Kawhi Leonard was a good player who got a lot of help from the San Antonio Spurs' system. Durant recognizes the Leonard Oklahoma City is about to square off against is much more. In fact, Durant is so impressed that he checks how Leonard performs each game. "He's grown so much," Durant said. "He's probably the best in the league at shooting the mid-range (jumper) off the dribble. He posts up, dribbles, can shoot the three, catch and shoot. Their team, their system, their continuity and how they move allows him to get free a lot of times and utilizes his game." Durant respect for Leonard has also grown over the years.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with sports editor Mike Sherman

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 11 hr ago

    Join The Oklahoman's sports editor Mike Sherman to talk sports in today's Power Lunch live chat at 11 a.m.

  • How will Scotty Brooks fare with the Washington Wizards?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 13 hr ago

    For the Friday Oklahoman, I wrote about Scotty Brooks and the Washington Wizards, a column which you can read here. But lots of good stuff went unsaid in that column about Brooks’ hiring in D.C. Time to share. Wizards owner Ted Leonsis raved about Brooks. “He was in demand because of his record, and so we moved quickly, although I don’t want anyone to think we didn’t know who he was,” Leonsis said. “We certainly had been studying for years and years. You always have to do your Plan B planning.