• Thunder-Grizzlies: The numbers that added up to Oklahoma City's 100-86 victory

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    BY THE NUMBERS — How most of the important numbers on the stat sheet related to Memphis’ shooting.

  • NBA Capsules

    Updated: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jeff Teague scored a playoff career-high 28 points and Paul Millsap added 25 as eighth-seeded Atlanta rolled past top-seeded Indiana 101-93 on Saturday night, taking a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. The Hawks ended an eight-game road losing streak in the playoffs, which dated to May 2011. Game 2 is Tuesday in Indianapolis. Indiana, which spent the whole season working to get home-court advantage in the playoffs, wasted no time in giving it right back with a dismal third quarter. Paul George finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Atlanta opened the third quarter on an 8-0 run, breaking a 50-50 tie, then pulled away when Teague scored nine points in a 14-0 run that made it 74-58 with 4:08 le

  • Thunder-Grizzlies Report Card: How the Thunder's bench wore down Memphis

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    REPORT CARD — Grading Oklahoma City’s 100-86 victory over Memphis in Game 1 of a Western Conference quarterfinal.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Team honors Oklahoma City bombing victims on anniversary

    BY ANTHON SLATER | Published: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Before the game, the entire crowd observed a moment of silence and throughout the night, the OKC coaches, broadcasters and support staff could be seen wearing a commemorative pin for the bombing victims.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: The Twitter reaction to the 100-86 win against the Grizzlies

    Erik Horne | Updated: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    (Via Jason Damiano) It wasn’t a stroll the entire night, but the Thunder came away with a win in Game 1 against the Memphis Grizzlies.

  • NBA Playoffs: Oklahoma City Thunder wins Game 1 against Grizzlies

    BY JENNI CARLSON, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    A dominating first half by the Thunder was turned on its head Saturday night. A blowout turned into slugfest, and the hometown team found itself hanging on for dear life in the opening game of this Western Conference playoff series. Oklahoma City 100, Memphis 86.

  • FAN VOTE: Grade Thunder vs. Grizzlies Game 1

    Erik Horne | Published: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    After each game, our columnists grade the Thunder and Grizzlies in a variety of categories.

  • Q&A: Derrick Seys, 'The Brick Man'

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Derrick Seys, the Thunder fan who goes by “Brick Man,” moved to the Quad Cities area in Illinois in 2010 but remains a die-hard Thunder fan. He’s made some crazy trips to watch the Thunder, but Saturday night might have been the craziest. He left Geneseo, Ill., at 7:30 a.m. Saturday and planned to drive home after the game. Q: Did anyone drive with you? A: Tanner, a friend of mine’s son. First NBA game. Easter festivities and family things kind of made it tough on us. Is Tanner helping you drive? No. He’s 11. He took a nap. I’ve done (such trips) before. Last month, I did it in 36 hours, round trip. Tonight, if it doesn’t work out, we’ll stop up past Wichita and decide if it makes sense. Why

  • Rockets host Portland in first-round of playoffs

    Updated: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets were happy simply to return to the playoffs last season. A year later and with the addition of Dwight Howard, the Rockets are back in the postseason and looking to make some noise. They play Game 1 of their first-round series against Portland on Sunday night. "Just being here is not good enough," said Chandler Parsons, who made his playoff debut last year. "We want to win and we want to contend for a championship and we want to be the last team standing." The Rockets returned to the playoffs last season for the first time since 2009 and battled back from a 3-0 deficit in the first round before being eliminated by Oklahoma City in Game 6. James Harden, who is fifth in the NBA in

  • Warriors beat Clippers 109-105 in playoff opener

    Updated: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Golden State Warriors stumbled out of the gate, missing their first eight shots while falling behind by 11 points and forcing coach Mark Jackson to call two timeouts to steady his young team. Stephen Curry glanced at the clock and realized there was still plenty of time left to knock off the Los Angeles Clippers. Klay Thompson scored 22 points, spiking the ball as time expired, and Golden State beat Los Angeles 109-105 after getting Blake Griffin and Chris Paul in foul trouble in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on Saturday. "A big way to start the series," Curry said. "We've been resilient all year. We're not going to quit.

  • VIDEO: Blake Griffin dumps water on a fan

    Published: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Whoops. Watch Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin as he inadvertently throws water on a fan. Griffin fouled out with less than a minute to go against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday. Upon watching a replay of his foul, Griffin throws his hands up as if to say "what gives?" The fan probably said the same thing.

  • Raptors GM Ujiri uses profanity about Nets

    Updated: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    TORONTO (AP) — Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri let loose a profanity about the Brooklyn Nets during a pregame address meant to pump up a group of fans outside Air Canada Centre before Saturday's opening game of the NBA playoffs. Several hundred fans gathered outside the downtown arena for a party and to watch the game on a huge screen above the west entrance. Ujiri, the NBA's reigning executive of the year, apologized in a brief news conference at halftime, saying he'd made the "wrong choice of words" and was "just trying to get our fans going." Asked if the profanity represented his feelings about the Nets, who have been accused of tanking in order to face Toronto in the first round, Ujiri said: "You know how I f

  • FAN VOTE: Predicting Thunder vs. Grizzlies Game 1

    Erik Horne | Published: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    What should we expect from Thunder vs. Grizzlies Game 1?

  • Resilient Bulls brace for next obstacle: Wizards

    Updated: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Never mind all they overcame. The only obstacle that matters now for the Chicago Bulls is the one in front of them. The Bulls head into Sunday's playoff opener against the Washington Wizards as one of the hottest teams in the NBA. They overcame significant hurdles to win 48 games and secure home-court advantage in the first round. They lost Derrick Rose to a season-ending injury to his right knee in November after he sat out last season because of surgery on his left knee, and they traded away one of their top remaining players in Luol Deng. Not only did the Bulls get by, they started to flourish just when it looked as though they might come apart. With 36 victories since Jan.

  • Williams scores 24 as Nets beat Raptors 94-87

    Updated: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    TORONTO (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets made a case for the important of playoff experience in their opening victory over the Toronto Raptors. Deron Williams and Joe Johnson each had 24 points, Paul Pierce scored nine of his 15 points in the final quarter and the Nets beat the Raptors 94-87 Saturday in Game 1 of their first round series. Playing in his 137th career postseason game, Pierce connected on four of his five shot attempts in the fourth as the Nets kept the Raptors at bay. "You just get that feeling, you've been in those situations a number of times," Pierce said. "I don't get rattled in the fourth quarter, down the stretch or in playoff settings. I've been in pretty much every playoff setting that you can imagine.

  • Calathes suspension a reminder of supplement risk

    Updated: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — NBA players are warned at the start of every season about the dangers of nutritional supplements. One of them could be the reason the Memphis Grizzlies will begin the playoffs without Nick Calathes. The reserve guard was suspended 20 games Friday for violating the league's anti-drug policy by testing positive for tamoxifen. Yahoo Sports, which first reported the suspension, reported that the drug was part of a supplement that Calathes had been using. And while the supplement may not have been illegal, players are reminded that many contain substances that are. "They are not regulated by the federal government and so you don't know what's in them. And we tell that to our players every year," NBA g

  • Heat open quest for another title vs Bobcats

    Updated: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    MIAMI (AP) — Even as the two-time defending NBA champions, the Miami Heat say they aren't overlooking any team heading into the playoffs. The Charlotte Bobcats haven't beaten the Heat a single time since LeBron James changed addresses. But Miami isn't expecting a cakewalk first-round series against them, either. Charlotte visits Miami in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference matchup on Sunday afternoon. Miami has lost only four of its last 23 games against the Bobcats, and is 15-0 in the series since James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade became teammates. But the Bobcats are 20-9 since the All-Star break and closed the season with some impressive defensive numbers. Says Wade: "This is not the Charlotte Bobcats that everyone

  • 5 things to know about Mavericks-Spurs series

    Updated: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    While San Antonio Spurs steamrolled toward their fourth 60-win season in 11 years, coach Gregg Popovich was asked if there is a secret formula for the franchise's almost unfathomable run of excellence. "Yes there is," said Popovich, in typical deadpan fashion. "Get the No. 1 pick in the draft every 10 years and make sure that it's a franchise player. That's the formula. That's how lucky you have to be. You've got David (Robinson) for a decade and then Timmy (Duncan) comes. Well, I think most anybody could build around that." Of course, Popovich is oversimplifying.

  • Column: no April, May or June Madness in NBA

    Updated: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    ATLANTA (AP) — If the playoff-bound Atlanta Hawks were in any other sport, they might have a glimmer of hope for winning a championship. The NBA? No way. More than the NFL, NHL or Major League Baseball, the cream of the regular season in the NBA always seems to rise to the top of the rim come playoff time. In the last two decades, all but three titles have been claimed by teams that had at least the fourth-best overall record in the league. So maybe the two-time defending champion Miami Heat have some reason to worry: They were No. 5 this season. "For the most part," Atlanta's Kyle Korver said Friday, "the best team wins." The Hawks, therefore, have no chance. Not with the worst record (38-44) among

  • Lillard looks to first postseason with Portland

    Updated: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts expects guard Damian Lillard to make a quick adjustment to playoff basketball. "I think he'll be a seasoned veteran five minutes into Game 1," Stotts said. The second-year starter has always played beyond his years. Last season Lillard ran away with the league's Rookie of the Year race, leading all first-year players with a 19-point scoring average. He also averaged 6.1 assists and 3.1 rebounds, playing in all 82 games. He broke Stephen Curry's rookie record for 3-pointers in a season, finishing with 185, and became just the third NBA rookie with at least 1,500 points and 500 assists, following Oscar Robertson and Allen Iverson. And he swept all six of