Saturday, July 22, 2017

Russell Westbrook

NBA basketball player Russell Westbrook, of the Oklahoma City Thunder, arrives at the ESPYS at the Microsoft Theater on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, in Los Angeles.

BY BETH HARRIS LOS ANGELES (AP) — Russell Westbrook won best male athlete at The ESPYS, while Olympic gymnast Simone Biles earned best female athlete honors Wednesday night. The 25th annual show honoring the past year’s top athletes and sports ...
Kia NBA Most Valuable Player, Best Style & Game Winner Award winner, Russell Westbrook, poses in the press room at the 2017 NBA Awards at Basketball City at Pier 36 on Monday, June 26, 2017, in New York

BY BRIAN MAHONEY NEW YORK (AP) — Russell Westbrook moved past Oscar Robertson and kept right on going to the top of the NBA. Westbrook was voted MVP on Monday night after setting a record with 42 triple-doubles during his ...
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 ...
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James looks across the court during the third quarter of Game 1 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics, Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

NEW YORK (AP) — Cleveland’s LeBron James has been named to the All-NBA first team for a record-tying 11th time, and Houston’s James Harden is the lone player to be a unanimous first-team selection this season. Joining Harden and James ...
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 ...
Houston Rockets' Nene, right, goes up for a shot as Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook, left, and another Thunder player defend during the first half in Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Tuesday, April 25, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

BY KRISTIE RIEKEN HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden and the Houston Rockets are feeling great heading into the Western Conference semifinals for one big reason. They don’t believe they played well so far despite downing the Russell Westbrook-led Thunder 4-1 ...
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 ...
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