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NBA: Distant Thunder

Russell Westbrook insists he is not interested in chasing history after a quickfire eighth triple-double of the season left him on track to equal Oscar Robertson’s long-standing NBA record......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsNov 29th, 2016

Durant dazzles against former Thunder team anew

em>By Janie McCauley, Associated Press /em> OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Kevin Durant dazzled against his old team once again with a season-best 40 points, and the Golden State Warriors beat Oklahoma City 121-100 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time) despite Russell Westbrook's 21st triple-double for the Thunder. Westbrook had 27 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists in an improved showing from his 20-point outing on 4-for-15 shooting when OKC first faced Durant in the other jersey here 2.5 months ago and watched him dismantle the Thunder from every which way. In his two games against OKC, Durant has scored 79 points on 28-for-50 shooting. He hit seven three-pointers in the first meeting, a 122-96 Warriors rout Nov. 3 (Nov. 4 PHL time), also at Oracle Arena. Durant also had 12 rebounds Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). Stephen Curry added 24 points and eight assists, and Klay Thompson had 14 points after he arrived back in the Bay Area just in time to play after a short absence dealing with a personal family matter. This one had tension, which just might be the norm from here on out when Durant faces the Thunder. There were words exchanged and stare downs, and of course a few hard fouls -- then an occasional smile to balance things out, like when Durant missed on a driving tomahawk jam and the ball shot back to midcourt. This atmosphere wasn't that much different from two days earlier when the champion Cavaliers visited Golden State's home floor and left with an embarrassing 126-91 defeat. Enes Kanter added 22 points and nine rebounds off the bench for the Thunder, who missed center Steven Adams for a second straight game with a concussion. Tied at 63 after the game was also even at halftime, the Warriors scored eight unanswered points with three’s by Thompson and Durant. Thompson scored five straight points during the exact kind of scoring flurry Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan described before the game as what makes these star-studded Warriors so dangerous. It wasn't that long ago Donovan could only watch as Golden State rallied from a 3-1 deficit to beat OKC in the Western Conference finals last season. Westbrook shot just 8-for-23 this time and missed all but one of his six three-point tries, but made 10-of-11 free throws. With 4.4 seconds left in the first half, Zaza Pachulia collided with Westbrook and clobbered the OKC star in the face as the Warriors center went with his man as Kanter set a screen on Andre Iguodala. Westbrook went down and grabbed his face in obvious pain and Pachulia glared at Westbrook as he stood over him. The play went to official review before Pachulia received a flagrant 1 foul, drawing boos from the sellout crowd. Golden State outscored Oklahoma City 37-22 in the third to turn the game into another blowout on the way to wrapping up 9-1 stay in Northern California over the past 3.5 weeks. Durant posted his 11th game with 30 or more points and fifth with at least 30 points and 10 boards. As dominant as KD has been against the Thunder, the Warriors still must go to Oklahoma City on Feb. 11 and March 20 (Feb. 12 and Mar. 21, PHL time). strong>TIP-INS /strong> em> strong>Thunder: /strong> /em> Oklahoma City is 5-11 on the road against Golden State and hasn't won on the Warriors' home floor since Dec. 18, 2014. Adams wasn't with the team. em> strong>Warriors: /strong> /em>PF David West has a non-displaced fracture of his left thumb and will be re-evaluated in two weeks. Golden State was tied at halftime for the first time all season. After out-rebounding the Cavs 58-35, the Warriors led the category 46-36. Golden State committed 13 first-half turnovers and 18 total. strong>UP NEXT /strong> em> strong>Thunder: /strong> /em>At Utah on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) after a four-day break without a game. em> strong>Warriors: /strong> /em> At Houston on Friday (Saturday, PHL time). Golden State wrapped up a stretch of more than three weeks at home that included only a bus ride to Sacramento for a lone road game in a 10-game stretch since Dec. 26 (Dec. 27, PHL time). .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 19th, 2017

Paul gets hurt anew, but Clippers trounce Thunder

em>By Beth Harris, Associated Press /em> LOS ANGELES (AP) — J.J. Redick scored 20 points, DeAndre Jordan had 19 points and 15 rebounds, and the streaking Los Angeles Clippers overcame Chris Paul's injury to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder 120-98 on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time). The banged-up Clippers tied a franchise record for their best start to a calendar year at 7-0. The team began 1974 with the same mark when the club was located in Buffalo. Los Angeles owns the NBA's longest active winning streak despite being without injured star Blake Griffin. Paul sprained his left thumb in the second quarter of this one and didn't return. Still, the Clippers shot 55 percent and improved to 16-0 when hitting 50 percent or better. They were dominant in the paint, outscoring the Thunder 62-34. Russell Westbrook scored 24 points on 7-of-19 shooting in three quarters for the Thunder, the last team to beat the Clippers, on New Year's Eve, before the calendar turned and their winning streak began. He was the only starter in double figures for Oklahoma City. Jordan had three dunks, including a reverse off a pass from Marreese Speights, in the third quarter when the Clippers stretched their lead to 27 points. Speights finished with a season-high 23 points. Jordan sat out the fourth when Speights dunked and hit two triples. The Clippers outscored the Thunder 24-6, including nine points by Speights and six by Redick, to take a 22-point lead in the second. strong>TIP-INS /strong> em> strong>Thunder: /strong> /em>C Steven Adams sat out with a concussion sustained in the third quarter at Sacramento on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time). The Thunder were coming off a win at Sacramento 24 hours earlier, but fell to 2-6 on the second night of a back-to-back. em> strong>Clippers: /strong> /em>G Austin Rivers and Jordan were hit with technical fouls. They'll be expected to donate their fines to a charity of their choosing under a program coach Doc Rivers announced earlier this month as a way to reduce the team's high number of technicals. Paul missed seven games in December and early this month because of hamstring issues. The Clippers went 2-2 against the Thunder this season. G Raymond Felton was 7-of-7 from the floor and scored 15 points. or the second straight game, Jordan missed just one field goal attempt, going 7-of-8. The Clippers scored the most points during their winning streak. strong>UP NEXT /strong> em> strong>Thunder: /strong> /em>Visit the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) in the fourth game of their six-game trip. em> strong>Clippers: /strong> /em> After two days off, they host Minnesota on Thursday (Friday, PHL time). .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 17th, 2017

Improves triple-double mark as Thunder rip Kings Westbrook books no 20

SACRAMENTO, California – Russell Westbrook had 36 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his 20th triple-double of the season and the Oklahoma City Thunder b.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 16th, 2017

Westbrook gets 20th triple-double as Thunder strike Kings

SACRAMENTO, California — Russell Westbrook had a big second half and another triple-double, and it still almost wasn't enough for Oklahoma City......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 16th, 2017

Westbrook gets 20th triple-double, Thunder beat Kings

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Russell Westbrook had 36 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his 20th triple-double of the season and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Sacramento Kings 122-118 on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time). Westbrook had 19 triple-doubles last season. He entered Sunday (Monday, PHL time) averaging a triple-double and is trying to match Hall of Fame guard Oscar Robertson as the only NBA player to average a triple-double for a full season. Enes Kanter had 29 points and 12 rebounds for the Thunder. Victor Oladipo had 17 of his 23 points in the first half and Alex Abrines had 13 points. Oklahoma City had dropped three of its previous four games. DeMarcus Cousins had 31 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists for the Kings, who have lost two straight and five of six. Rudy Gay had 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Darren Collison had 21 points. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 16th, 2017

NBA: Westbrook’s 17th triple-D

Russell Westbrook had 32 points, 17 rebounds and 11 assists for his 17th triple-double of the season as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Denver Nuggets 121-106 in the NBA on Saturday night......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJan 8th, 2017

Westbrook’s 17th triple-D

Russell Westbrook had 32 points, 17 rebounds and 11 assists for his 17th triple-double of the season as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Denver Nuggets 121-106 in the NBA on Saturday night......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJan 8th, 2017

Westbrook’s 17th triple-double leads Thunder past Nuggets; Spurs, Bulls, Celtics win

Westbrook’s 17th triple-double leads Thunder past Nuggets; Spurs, Bulls, Celtics win.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 8th, 2017

Westbrook's 17th triple-double leads Thunder to victory

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Russell Westbrook had 32 points, 17 rebounds and 11 assists for his 17th triple-double of the season and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Denver Nuggets 121-106 on Saturday night. Westbrook made seven 3-pointers after hitting a career-high eight Thursday at Houston, and matched his season high in rebounds in the 54th triple-double of his career. The Thunder improved to 32-3 the past two seasons when Westbrook gets a triple-double. Steven Adams scored 16 points and Victor Oladipo added 15 for the Thunder, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Wilson Chandler scored 24 points and Will Barton added 21 for the Nuggets. Danilo Gallinari, Denver's leading scorer for the season, finished with 15 points on 5-for-18 shooting. It was Denver's fifth consecutive loss, and the Nuggets allowed at least 120 points in all of them. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 7th, 2017

Hornets clamp down on Thunder late to get the win

em>By Steve Reed, Associated Press /em> CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Nicolas Batum had a season-high 28 points, and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Oklahoma Thunder 123-112 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time) to snap a two-game losing streak. Batum was 7-of-18 from the field and made 13-of-15 free throws. The Hornets were 40-of-49 from the foul line. Russell Westbrook had 33 points and 15 rebounds, but fell two assists shy of his 17th triple-double of the season for Oklahoma City. Enes Kanter added 22 points, and Victor Oladipo and Steven Adams each had 18. The Thunder led by one after Kanter hit a three-pointer from the top of the key to beat the buzzer at the end of the third quarter. But they couldn't sustain the momentum after erasing a double-digit deficit. The Hornets took control with about six minutes left, outscoring the Thunder 22-11 the rest of the way. Kemba Walker, who scored 34 and 37 points in his last two games while making an All-Star push, had nine points in the decisive final quarter. Frank Kaminsky carried the Hornets early, scoring all of 17 points in the first half as Charlotte took a 60-55 halftime lead. strong>TIP-INS /strong> em> strong>Thunder: /strong> /em> Westbrook was given a technical foul after hitting a referee in the head with a ball in the first quarter. After the Thunder called a timeout Westbook was retreating toward the bench and tossed an overhead pass toward the referee, who wasn't looking as the ball hit him in the side of the cranium. Westbrook put his hands over his head in apparent disbelief at the call. em> strong>Hornets: /strong> /em> Marco Belinelli returned to action after missing the last five games with a sprained left ankle. Roy Hibbert was called for a technical foul in the third quarter after exchanging words with Oklahoma City's Steven Adams. The Hornets had lost 11 straight games to the Thunder  before Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). strong>UP NEXT: /strong> em> strong>Thunder: /strong> /em> At Houston on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time). em> strong>Hornets: /strong> /em> At Detroit on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time) in the first of five straight games on the road. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 4th, 2017

Thunder throttle Clippers behind triple-doubling Westbrook

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Russell Westbrook had 17 points, 14 assists and 12 rebounds for his NBA-best 16th triple-double of the season, leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 114-88 victory over the depleted Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night. Westbrook played just 28 minutes as Oklahoma City put away Los Angeles with a big first half. Enes Kanter had 23 points and eight rebounds, and Victor Oladipo added 15 points. The Clippers played without Chris Paul, who was sidelined by a hamstring injury, and Blake Griffin, who is recovering from right knee surgery. Brandon Bass and Marreese Speights each had 18 points, and Austin Rivers finished with 14 on 3-for-11 shooting. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 31st, 2016

Thunder storm past Heat

Westbrook nails 15th triple double.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 28th, 2016

Westbrook posts 15th triple-double of season as Thunder nip Heat

MIAMI — Russell Westbrook got his 15th triple-double of the season by the midpoint of the third quarter, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Miami Heat 10.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 28th, 2016

Westbrook gets triple-double '15, Thunder top Heat

em>By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press /em> MIAMI (AP) — Russell Westbrook got his 15th triple-double of the season by the midpoint of the third quarter, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Miami Heat 106-94 on Tuesday night (Wednesday.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 27th, 2016

Westbrook nails 50th triple-double

Thunder eclipse Suns OKLAHOMA – Russell Westbrook passed the credit around like he shared the ball on Saturday night......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 18th, 2016

Westbrook posts 50th career triple-double as Thunder top Suns

Westbrook posts 50th career triple-double as Thunder top Suns.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 17th, 2016

NBA: Streak ends, not the Thunder

Russell Westbrook had his streak of triple-double scoring snapped but he still scored a game high 37 points to power the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 99-96 victory over the Boston Celtics on Sunday......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsDec 12th, 2016

No triple-double, but Westbrook leads Thunder past Celtics

em>By Cliff Brunt, Associated Press /em> OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Russell Westbrook's triple-double streak ended at seven games, but he scored 23 of his 37 points in the second half to help the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the Boston Celtics 99-.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 11th, 2016

Harden outduels Westbrook, Rockets trump Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) James Harden scored 21 points, and the Houston Rockets overcame Russell Westbrooks seventh consecutive triple-double to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 102-99 on Friday night. Harden also had 12 assists and nine rebounds to h.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 10th, 2016