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OKC Thunder: LeBron James, new-look Cleveland Cavaliers to visit OKC on Dec. 11

by Darnell Mayberry Published: August 13, 2014
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LeBron James and the new-look Cleveland Cavilers will visit Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder on Dec. 11. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, The Oklahoman Archives
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LeBron James and the new-look Cleveland Cavilers will visit Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder on Dec. 11. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, The Oklahoman Archives Bryan Terry -

The Thunder went 2-1 against the Warriors last year, and the teams assembled three of the best games of the 2013-14 season.

In the first meeting, Golden State won, 116-115, on its home floor when Andre Iguodala hit a baseline fadaeway as time expired. His shot came moments after Russell Westbrook buried a 3-pointer to put the Thunder ahead by one with 2.3 second remaining.

Two weeks later, in Oklahoma City, Westbrook returned the favor by knocking down an improbable corner 3-pointer with one-tenth of a second showing to lift the Thunder to a 113-112 overtime victory.

In the final meeting, on Jan. 17, Kevin Durant erupted for a career-high 54 points, making three 3-pointers in a 75-second span to power the Thunder to a 127-121 win. Durant's performance made Curry's 37-point, 11-assist effort an afterthought.

The Oklahoman reported on Tuesday that the Thunder will play at San Antonio on Christmas Day, a game scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Oklahoma City also will open the season at Portland on Wednesday, Oct. 29 and play its home opener against Denver on Saturday, Nov. 1.

The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday that the Thunder will play the Clippers on Oct. 30. It will be the Clippers' home opener and the second night of a back-to-back for the Thunder.

The schedule is subject to change until the NBA officially releases all the dates Wednesday.

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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