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Los Angeles Lakers
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All season long, the Lakers (15-20) have been searching for an answer to their struggles as a team, any spark that they can use as motivation to turn things around. That may have come in the final 6 minutes of their 108-105 loss to the Spurs on Wednesday.
Down by as much as 17 points in the 2nd half and 13 points in the 4th quarter, the Lakers digged deep defensively and held San Antonio's offense to just 5 points in a manic run that cut their deficit to 3 points thanks to Earl Clark's out-of-nowhere trey. Clark's outstanding performance and cool demeanor may have been the spark the Lakers desperately needed to help them realize what they, as a team, must do to salvage a season that is rapidly slipping through their fingers.
Tonight, they take on another a familiar foe that presents an even bigger challenge for them to conquer despite being at home. And if the Lakers truly learned anything against the Spurs, then they should cease this game as their last opportun...
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NBA superstar Kevin Durant is shaking his head at himself (right now), as a photo is making the rounds which shows him in bed talking to a woman (above).It's being reported that the unknown woman (an NBA groupie) "ACCIDENTALLY" leaked the photo of Durant while he was talking to her (via Facetime on the iPhone). It appears that the woman took a picture with a camera...
Earl Clark will be in the starting lineup for the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.
Lakers reporter Mike Trudell tweeted that Clark earned the start with Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Metta World Peace and Robert Sacre (Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol are out indefinitely). And his reward could be a nightmare: He gets to try to guard Kevin Durant.
Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni...
If you happen to be an NBA player, I think it's a pretty good idea to know where Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant is on the floor.
The Minnesota Timberwolves lost track of Kevin in the second quarter of tonight's game and they paid the price with this steal and fastbreak slam by KD:
Earl Clark went from scoring 14 points all season (before Wednesday) to starting for the Lakers and guarding Kevin Durant on Friday.
The fourth-year forward got the nod from Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni after Pau Gasol was not medically cleared to play against Oklahoma City.
Gasol will miss his third game because of a concussion. The Lakers' next game after Oklahoma City...
Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder have taken their high-scoring act on the road, where they'll mostly spend the rest of January.
The Portland Trail Blazers, though, have been pretty stingy at home recently.
Oklahoma City looks to end Portland's nine-game home winning streak by earning a fifth straight victory in the series Sunday night.
The Thunder (28-8) rank...
With injuries to both Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol, and the Los Angeles Lakers season going down the drain, the door opened up for former Louisville forward Earl Clark to step up and he did just that.
Clark recorded career highs 22 points and 13 rebounds in 27 1/2 minutes. He shot 9 for 12 from the field including a crucial three to cut into the San Antonio Spurs lead late in the...
Kevin Durant hit a 3-pointer in the final second of the first half and did a full reverse somersault to celebrate a 16-point lead. The Thunder were running the Lakers out of their own building, and not even Kobe Bryant could stop them.
Oklahoma City is again clearly among the best teams in the Western Conference, and the struggling Lakers may not have enough time left in the season...
Kevin Durant scored 42 points, Russell Westbrook had 27 points and 10 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder easily sent the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers to their sixth straight loss, 116-101 Friday night.
Kevin Martin scored 15 points and hit three 3-pointers for the Thunder, who romped to a 27-point lead in the second half of their seventh win in nine games. Oklahoma City ...
Kevin Durant scored 42 points, Russell Westbrook had 27 points and 10 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder easily sent the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers to their sixth consecutive loss, 116-101 Friday night.
Kevin Martin scored 15 points and hit three 3-pointers for the Thunder, who romped to a 27-point lead in the second half of their seventh win in nine games. Oklahoma City...
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kevin Durant scored 42 points, Russell Westbrook had 27 points and 10 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder easily sent the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers to their sixth straight loss, 116-101 Friday night.
Kevin Martin scored 15 points and hit three 3-pointers for the Thunder, who romped to a 27-point lead in the second half of their seventh win in nine games...
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Kevin Durant scored 26 points, Russell Westbrook added 23 and the Oklahoma City Thunder overpowered the outmanned Minnesota Timberwolves 106-84 on Wednesday night.
After losing its last game on a buzzer-beater against a last-place Washington team saddled by injuries to its three top players, Oklahoma City left nothing to chance with the Timberwolves missing...
LOS ANGELES -- There was a time when a 15-point win over the Los Angeles Lakers on their home floor was a cause for celebration. At least a smile or two. Not in the Oklahoma City Thunder locker room, though. Not with the Lakers just a shell of their former selves. Not with bigger fish to fry. These Thunder have their eyes on a grander prize. Oklahoma City built a 20-point...
It was sad story when the Seattle Supersonics left Seattle and went to Oklahoma City. The Supersonics left behind 40 years of history. They also left behind a successful franchise and a bunch of passionate fans. Just think right now the Seattle Supersonics would be one of the best teams in the NBA as the Oklahoma City Thunder are now. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook would be dominating...
The Portland Trail Blazers split a back-to-back against the Miami Heat and the Golden State Warriors heading into the weekend, but things aren’t slowing down, as the Oklahoma City Thunder are set to enter the Rose Garden Sunday night.
Matchup: Portland (20-16) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (28-8)
Venue: Rose Garden
Time: 6:00 PM PT
Date: Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013
LOS ANGELES -- Oklahoma City built a 20-point lead early in the third quarter and the younger, faster Thunder sprinted away from the lackadaisical Los Angeles Lakers in a 116-101 win on Friday night at Staples Center. Kevin Durant had 42 points, including 25 on 10-of-15 shooting in the first half, and added eight rebounds and five assists to lead Oklahoma City. Durant had 16 of...