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Oklahoma City was once just a temporary stop for the NBA.
Needing a home after being displaced by Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans Hornets came to play in a city that was desperate for a major sports franchise of its own.
The Hornets eventually went back home, but now Kevin Durant and the rest of the young Thunder might make Oklahoma City an annual summer destination.
With a young core and smart management providing a chance for lasting success, there's a good chance this isn't the last time the NBA Finals will be here.
And the Heat might be one of the teams frequently coming back.
''Everybody's saying it's a dream finals,'' Miami's Chris Bosh said. ''I was like, dang, let's keep it going, give the people what they want to see.''
It's not quite that simple.
Tough decisions will have to be made - tougher now, with new spending rules - and players who seem content in this quiet city now may feel differently in a few ...
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Not many know much about the guy who dominated Game 1 of the NBA Finals other than he's pretty good.
Kevin Durant is a mystery even to some of the players trying to beat him.
"It's one of those things where I respect his game, but I don't know him, either. I know probably just as much as you guys know," Miami's Dwyane Wade said Wednesday...
The Miami Heat are going to feel good about this, about what happened here in the NBA's loudest arena, about beating back the surge from Kevin Durant and turning this best-of-7 series into a best-of-5.
Yes, it's all even after the Heat's 100-96 victory in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, after they survived a fourth quarter that seemed to hang in the balance with every possession...
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Kevin Durant scored 17 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter, Russell Westbrook added 27 points and 11 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied from a 13-point deficit to beat the Miami Heat 105-94 on Tuesday night in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
LeBron James, still chasing his first NBA title in his third MVP season, shined through three quarters and blew...
For Heat forward LeBron James, this NBA Finals meeting with Thunder forward Kevin Durant has practically seemed inevitable, based on their friendship and their standing in the league. "Our relationship has been growing since he was in high school, all the way through Texas and all his years in the NBA," James said of taking Durant under his wing before the Thunder, behind...
Dirk Nowitzki has set the mold for big guys that can shoot from the outside. He’s going to go into the Hall of Fame as one of the greatest shooters of all time, and he’s 7 feet tall.
Last year he took over during the NBA Finals and this year he has to pass off the torch to another tall guy who can light it up from the outside. Kevin Durant isn’t quite a 7-footer, unless you’re...
1. Durant dunks on Duncan -The Oklahoma City Thunder needed a victory in game 3 if they wanted any hope of beating the San Antonio Spurs in a 7 games series. Well, the Thunder brought there A-game as the destroyed the Spurs 102 to 82. The highlight of the night came when Thunder superstar Kevin Durant threw down a monster dunk.
Late in the 1st quarter Russell Westbrook...
With game three of the NBA finals taking place on Sunday in Miami, I’d like to know who you have winning the style war so far. Lost? Not up on your NBA postgame fashion? Let’s take a quick look at what HE wore for the Heat’s victory over the Thunder – their first home loss [...]
The Miami Heat played a wonderful first half and did just enough in the fourth quarter to hold of a momentous rally and send thousands of Oklahoma City fans home shaking their heads. Shane Battier might have been the MVP of that game if SF LeBron James did not steal the show and prove himself in the Durant vs. James argument with an identical point line and better numbers...
Well, so far, this years NBA Championship series is actually living up to the hype surrounding it. The build has been all about Kevin Durant vs. LeBron James and after 2 games you can say that neither has disappointed.
The Miami Heat held off the Oklahoma City Thunder late Thursday night, 100-96. The Thunder did erase a 15 point lead in the 2nd half, but couldn't come all...
Those who witnessed game one of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night, watched as a team evolved and matured before their eyes, from a squad that played tentatively during the first 12 minutes of action, to a team that dominated both ends of the court during the final period, leading to their winning the contest. Perhaps, the Oklahoma City Thunder were a bit overcome with the size of...
Hello Cougar Nation. A tremendous Friday to all of you!
Well, yesterday was some day. In case you missed it, Sutra debuted our new series “Three Questions,” with Brock Huard serving as our inaugural Special Guest star. Check it out if you haven’t already.
Then, later in the day, Chris Hansen rallied an estimated 6,000 folks at Occidental Park in Seattle yesterday for...