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Thunder notebook: OKC still the best in the West

Denver coach George Karl rolls his eyes when asked by media if Thunder is losing its grip as the best team in the conference.
BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: March 16, 2012
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/articleid/3658181/1/pictures/1669724">Photo - Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) laysup past Denver Nuggets guard Andre Miller (24) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 15, 2012, in Denver. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez) ORG XMIT: COBG105
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) laysup past Denver Nuggets guard Andre Miller (24) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 15, 2012, in Denver. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez) ORG XMIT: COBG105

The Thunder turned 16 Denver turnovers into 24 points. OKC had just five second-half turnovers and finished with 13. … The Thunder has beaten the Nuggets nine of the last 10 meetings, but Denver had won 12 of the previous 13. … Denver had 72 points in the paint in this year's previous meeting. On Thursday, the Nuggets had 52 points in the paint. … OKC had 22 assists, its fourth straight game with 20-plus. … The Thunder made 12 of 25 (. 480) from 3-point range and 24 of 55 (. 436) from 2-point range.

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The Thunder's next two games will be at Chesapeake Energy Arena, but both will start 90 minutes later than usual thanks to ESPN.

Tipoffs will be at 8:30 p.m. when OKC hosts San Antonio on Friday and Portland on Sunday.

DURANT FUNDRAISER

The Devon Energy KD35 Ball, an inaugural fundraiser benefiting the newly formed Kevin Durant Family Foundation, will be held March 31 at the Skirvin Hotel. The event is designed to launch a fundraising effort that will support the Foundation's charitable giving plans.

Guided by Durant and his mother, Wanda Pratt, the foundation's vision is to “play forward” Durant's own priorities of helping children and families to succeed. Donations to the foundation will support after-school and summer programs, single parents and education. The foundation will also support Durant's plans for expanding his holiday giving activities for children.

The KD35 Ball will feature a dinner, dance and entertainment by Grammy-winning hip-hop violinist, Miri Ben-Ari. The silent and live auctions, presented by Riverwind Casino, will offer attendees the chance to support the foundation while providing donors with a chance to obtain unique experience packages, sports memorabilia, and more.

“It didn't surprise me when Kevin mentioned to me he wanted to set up a family foundation, because he understands the importance of giving support to others,” Pratt said in a statement. “I've been proud of him since the day he was born, and I'm glad to help him in this latest endeavor to enrich the lives of others.”

A limited number of corporate sponsorships and tables are still available. For more information call (405) 418-3870 or visit KD35Ball.com.


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