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When the Thunder traded James Harden shortly before the season, the small-market contender did more than clear salary cap space. In dealing the heady two-guard, the Thunder also signaled that they believed Kevin Durant was ready to expand his game and to fill some of the roles Harden formerly occupied.
Durant has come through so far this season, and then some. Not only has he assumed Harden’s playmaking abilities with career highs in assists and assist percentage through eight regular-season games, but he is also more active on the glass, averaging more than 10 rebounds per game for the first time in his career. All the while, he is still one of the most effective scorers in the NBA and one of the league’s most cool-headed closers.
Last Thursday’s game against the Bulls was the ideal example of the new, improved Durant. He scored 24 points, including 10 of his team’s 31 points in the final quarter, as the Thunder came back from a six-point deficit entering the final period to win 97...
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
LeBron James, please participate in this year’s NBA slam dunk contest — sincerely, every NBA fan.
James threw down a monster alley-oop in Memphis off a dish from point guard Mario Chalmers. James may be competing with Gerald Green for best hops in the NBA.
James finished the game with a double-double, scoring twenty points with 10 rebounds and six assists. The Heat lost 104-86...
LeBron James' lowest scoring average is against the Los Angeles Clippers.
James struggled to score in last season's lone meeting against the Clippers heading into Wednesday night's matchup at Staples Center for the Miami Heat.
The three-time league MVP is averaging 23.1 points in 17 lifetime games versus Los Angeles (5-2). He missed 12 of 19 shots for 23 points in last...
GAME 7 vs. Cleveland Cavaliers: W (106-91)
The Oklahoma City Thunder earned their fourth straight victory with a 106-91 win over the Cleveland Cavs at the Chesapeake Arena Sunday. Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant combined for 53 points while Kendrick Perkins, Serge Ibaka and Kevin Martin scored in double figures as well.
1st QUARTER GAME NOTES
No matter how you feel about LeBron, one thing can’t be denied, the man has crazy hops. Last night against the Memphis Grizzlies he started the fast break and received a pass from Mario Chalmers that saw LeBron go up, step on Tony Allen’s shoulders and even blow a kiss [...]
If LeBron James and his Miami Heat colleagues felt so inclined, they could author a book on the art of meshing superstar players and their personalities after all they went through leading up to the championship last June. The Los Angeles Lakers, as fate would have it, could use that sort of how-to guide right about now.
“It’s not easy, and it doesn’t happen overnight,” James...
After reaching the NBA Finals the Thunder knew the summer would bring about the time to make crucial decisions that will affect the team for years to come. The three headed monster of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden posed problems for teams who had slower point guards and [...]
Line of the Night: It was only a matter of time before Kevin Durant (2.82 WARP) broke out in a big way; and that came last night against the Grizzlies, where Durant scored 34 points, adding 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and a couple blocks. It came in a whopping 44 minutes, but if you’re the Thunder you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do when you don’t have the league’s...
LeBron James scored a season-high 38 points, Chris Bosh had 24
points and 10 rebounds, and the Miami Heat rallied to beat the
Houston Rockets 113-110 on Monday night.
Three weeks ago, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were taking in Notre Dame's win at Oklahoma in nearby Norman, Oklahoma, when news began to travel across Twitter and across the wire that Oklahoma City traded James Harden to Houston. The news shocked the Thunder, especially so close to the beginning of the season, providing the organization very little time to acclimate and...
Come on, Channing Tatum wasn’t about to make it that easy for LeBron James.
After LeBron won his first NBA championship — ridding himself of a dump truck full of demons in the process — and then went on to lead Team USA to a gold medal in the London Olympics, everyone figured he was having the best year a person could possibly have.
Buuuuuut in the midst of all of that, Channing...
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Blake Griffin and Chris Paul had double-doubles, with Paul keying a third-quarter spurt that helped carry the Los Angeles Clippers to a 107-100 win over the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.
Griffin had 20 points and 14 rebounds and Paul had 16 points and 10 assists to lead five players in double figures in the Clippers' fourth straight win. Jamal Crawford added...
What better way to start this weekly column with a little
MVP talk 5 games into the season? With our traditional preseason picks of Kevin
Durant or Lebron James it comes time to look at some other names that need to
be considered if the award was to be handed out today. Below are three other candidates early
on this season.
HOUSTON -- The newly constructed Houston Rockets showed Wednesday that they could deal with an unexpected reversal of fortunes. Two nights earlier, the Rockets erased a 17-point deficit, blew past the Heat, and then watched as LeBron James led Miami to victory late. On Wednesday night, the Rockets fashioned a seemingly insurmountable lead, only for the New Orleans Hornets to methodically...