Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Oklahoma City Thunder

In this April 23, 2017 file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots between Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley, rear, and guard James Harden, right, in the fourth quarter of Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in Oklahoma City.

BY CLIFF BRUNT OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A year ago, uncertainty surrounded Russell Westbrook. Kevin Durant stunned the league by leaving Oklahoma City for rival Golden State in free agency. The four-time scoring champion and former MVP had been the ...
Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) is fouled by Oklahoma City Thunder's Steven Adams (12) during the second half in Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Tuesday, April 25, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

BY CLIFF BRUNT OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Thunder general manager Sam Presti finds wannabe executives amusing. One of the most common questions he gets involves how the Thunder plan to address depth at point guard behind Russell Westbrook. The Thunder ...
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots between Houston Rockets guards Patrick Beverley, rear, and James Harden, right, in the fourth quarter of Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

BY CLIFF BRUNT OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Thunder guard Russell Westbrook went on a rant defending his teammates after Sunday’s 113-109 loss to the Houston Rockets. A recurring theme throughout the series has been Oklahoma City’s tendency to lose leads ...
Houston Rockets guard Lou Williams, right, loses the ball out of bounds in front of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Doug McDermott, left, in the second quarter of a first-round NBA basketball playoff game in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

BY CLIFF BRUNT OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook figured out that he didn’t have to do it all. Once that happened, the Thunder figured out how to beat the Houston Rockets. Westbrook scored 32 points in a triple-double and ...
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook walks down the court in the final seconds of Game 2 of the team's NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

BY KRISTIE RIEKEN HOUSTON (AP) — Russell Westbrook put up gaudy numbers on Wednesday night. The Houston Rockets got a more modest performance from James Harden, but a collective scoring effort helped them rally for a 115-111 win over the ...
Oklahoma City Thunder's Steven Adams shoots against Houston Rockets' Lou Williams (12) and James Harden (13) during the first half of Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, April 16, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

BY KRISTIE RIEKEN HOUSTON (AP) — Although James Harden is Houston’s undisputed star, he can’t top Russell Westbrook entirely on his own. As is so often the case, Patrick Beverley was there for support Sunday night. Harden scored 37 points ...
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) drives past Phoenix Suns forward Derrick Jones Jr. (10) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, April 7, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

BY BOB BAUM PHOENIX (AP) — Russell Westbrook joined Oscar Robertson as the only players in NBA history to average a triple-double for a season. That didn’t make him feel much better about his or his team’s awful Friday night, ...
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) waves to the crowd after tying the record for triple-doubles in a season in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, April 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

BY CLIFF BRUNT OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — For just a few moments, Russell Westbrook slowed down. The Oklahoma City Thunder’s mile-a-minute point guard took the time to soak in the atmosphere Tuesday night after he matched Oscar Robertson’s single-season record ...
Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook (0) drives past Orlando Magic's Evan Fournier (10) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, March 29, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

BY TERRANCE HARRIS ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — With as prolific a scorer as Russell Westbrook is, the Oklahoma City Thunder never feel as though any deficit is too much to overcome. Oklahoma City stormed back from a double-digit deficit behind ...
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) takes his last shot of the game during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas, Monday, March 27, 2017. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

BY SCHUYLER DIXON DALLAS (AP) — Russell Westbrook rescued Oklahoma City with a stunning rally and guaranteed the first losing record for Dallas in 17 full seasons under owner Mark Cuban. Westbrook hit a pull-up jumper with seven seconds left ...
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