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OKC Thunder gets Dallas' first-round pick in upcoming draft

by Anthony Slater and Erik Horne Published: April 16, 2014

On a wild final night in the NBA, the Thunder won twice, once on the court and once for the future.

With the Raptors and Bulls losing, giving each 24 defeats on the season, it secured Dallas as having a top-10 record in the NBA this season.

As part of the James Harden trade, OKC received the Mavericks’ first-round pick, which was top-20 protected.

The Thunder now holds the 21st and 29th overall picks.

Fay Bailey enjoys first Thunder game

On her 93rd birthday, Fay Bailey enjoyed her first live Thunder game.

For Friday’s OKC-Detroit regular-season finale, Bailey’s family bought tickets as a birthday present and shuttled her up from Choctaw.

A die-hard Thunder fan, Bailey never misses a game.

“I watch every game with her,” Gail Morgan, her niece, said. “She can’t sleep when they lose.”

Bailey sat a few rows up from the court and was hoping to meet some of the players.

“If I have to (run) across the court to get there attention, I will,” she joked.

Harden: (Thunder) weren’t willing to help me

James Harden wouldn’t shave his beard for a million dollars. Ten million? That’s another question.

But the former Thunder guard does confess he would have stayed in Oklahoma City had money not been a factor. In an interview with Hannah Storm of ESPN, Harden says if the 5-year, $80-million extension he signed with the Houston Rockets in 2012 wasn’t a factor, he’s still be in Thunder blue.

“Definitely,” Harden said. “Definitely, no question.”

Storm asked Harden what those final moments were like for Harden when he was deciding whether or not to stay in Oklahoma City.

“Nervous…mixed emotions…not knowing what to do,” Harden said. “It was tough. I felt like I already made a sacrifice as far as coming off the bench, doing whatever it takes to help the team. They weren’t willing to help me.”

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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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by Erik Horne
Online Sports Editor
Erik 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...
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