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Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder can generate a lot of excitement as the NBA's highest-scoring team, but defense is still a matter of pride.
Durant scored 27 points, Kevin Martin added 24 and the Thunder clamped down in the second half to beat the Indiana Pacers 104-93 on Sunday night for their eighth straight win.
It was a matchup of NBA's most potent offense and the league's stingiest defense, but Oklahoma City also happens to be the second-best at making opponents miss.
The Pacers shot 60 percent in the first half before Thunder coach Scott Brooks delivered a message at halftime. His players responded by limiting Indiana to 33 percent after that.
''Defense is going to win games. You can score back and forth if you want to, but defending is what we do,'' Russell Westbrook said.
Westbrook had 21 points but more importantly came up with a big block against 7-foot-2 center Roy Hibbert -- 11 inches taller -- during a late 8-0 burst by the Thu...
BEST OF MAXIM
OKLAHOMA CITY The pregame get-together was neither warm or with any feeling. That was obvious.
Think pageant hug at center court, but with less emotion. No enthusiasm. Almost like it was mandatory.
Then again, it's not like Kobe Bryant is going to embrace Kevin Durant or really much of anything Durant does these days.
Yet here they were, a game after Bryant surpassed 30,000...
Kevin Durant had 36 points, Russell Westbrook scored 27 of his 33 in the first half to stake Oklahoma City to a commanding lead and the Thunder beat the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers 114-108 Friday night.
It was the Thunder's seventh straight win.
NBA scoring leader Kobe Bryant had 35 points for Los Angeles, which trailed by as many as 19 before rallying to get within four...
Anyone watching Friday’s Lakers-Thunder game probably noticed that Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook played a little harder than usual. Oklahoma City won the game 114-108. Westbrook tied a season high with 33 points, and he made a career-high five three pointers (all in the first half) during what was an explosive game. Durant went for 36 points, which is one shy of tying his...
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Kevin Durant had 36 points, Russell Westbrook scored 27 of his 33 in the first half to stake Oklahoma City to a commanding lead and the Thunder beat the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers 114-108 Friday night.
NBA scoring leader Kobe Bryant had 35 points to lead Los Angeles, which trailed by as much as 19 before rallying to get within four in the final minute...
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Kevin Durant scored 27 points, Kevin Martin added 24 and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Indiana Pacers 104-93 on Sunday night for their eighth straight win.
A meeting of the NBA's highest-scoring offense and the league's stingiest defense went the way of the Thunder, who eclipsed 100 points for the 12th straight game.
Of course, Oklahoma City boasts...
According to Ric Bucher of CSN Bay Area, Oklahoma City Thunder players Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook wanted to prove Kobe Bryant wrong. Apparently, during the 2012 Olympics in London, Kobe Bryant was constantly talking so much smack towards the two Thunder players. Kobe was saying that Durant and Westbrook will not be able to get to the NBA Finals again after the Lakers...
Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant combined for their highest point total (69) of the season in the Thunders match up against the Lakers on Friday night. Now comes word that there was an additional motivation for those performances; Kobe Bryant’s Olympic smack talk. Allegedly last summer after the Lakers acquired Steve Nash and Dwight Howard, [...]
Kevin Durant scored 27 points, Kevin Martin added 24 and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Indiana Pacers 104-93 on Sunday night for their eighth straight win.
A matchup of the NBA's highest-scoring offense and the league's stingiest defense went the Thunder's way as they eclipsed 100 points for the 12th straight game.
Of course, Oklahoma City boasts the NBA's...
OKLAHOMA CITY There was a moment Sunday night in the Oklahoma City Thunder's 104-93 win over the Indiana Pacers that drilled right past the noise and clutter and hit at the very center of why this team has emerged as perhaps the best in the league.
With 5:39 left in the first quarter of what would be a grinding but well-executed game for both teams, Russell Westbrook exploded...
Two steps forward, two steps back...although you can't say the outcome of this game was unexpected. The Indiana Pacers dropped their second straight after losing 104-93 against the Oklahoma City Thunder, falling to 10-11 for the season.
To be honest it wasn't a horrible performance. For the majority of the game they were in the hunt and managed to keep Kevin Durant and...
Few NBA matchups this season might create a bigger styles clash than a game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Indiana Pacers.
Oklahoma City's high-powered offense has it off to one of the league's best starts, while Indiana is relying on defense to stay afloat with its star player sidelined.
The Thunder seek their eighth straight victory on Sunday night when they...