Found December 30, 2011 on Larry Brown Sports:
The Thunder are off to a hot start in 2011.  They’ve begun the season 4-0, already proving they can win close games down the stretch on multiple occasions.  In a Western Conference that features a weakened Lakers team, an aging defending champion that lost several role players, and an overhauled Clippers team that could take a season to gel, the Thunder have a chance to make a deep playoff run.  Seemingly the only thing that can stop Oklahoma City is a rift between Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.  Since the two have already needed to be separated on the bench, the situation will be one worth monitoring going forward. The always outspoken Stan Van Gundy has a solution that could help the Thunder get past the dispute between their two superstars. “When you’re together as much as we are in very competitive situations, you’re going to have those conflicts,” Van Gundy said according to The Oklahoman. “You’re going to have player-coach conflicts and player-player conflicts. You know, ...

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  Kevin Durant tore down Chesapeake Energy Arena on Thursday night by delivering a solid 30 points, including a game winning 3-point fireball against the Dallas Mavericks in a 104-102 victory. The Thunder let Dallas cut into their 5 point deficit with 46 seconds left, eventually giving up a go ahead 3 point shot via Vince Carter with 1.4 seconds left. That was just enough time...

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Kevin Durant is learning to be patient if he gets off to a bad start shooting. Durant showed the new approach Wednesday night, scoring 32 points, despite missing six of his first seven shots, as the Oklahoma City Thunder remained undefeated with a 98-95 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. ''You know, I think I'm maturing as a player,'' Durant said. ''...

Kevin Durant hits buzzer beating three to beat the Mavs (Video)

  Just when it looked like the defending NBA Champions, were going to get their first win of the season, Kevin Durant broke their heats. Newly acquired Vince Carter hit a three pointer; on a pass from Dirk Nowitzki to give the Dallas Mavericks a 102-101 lead over the Oklahoma City Thunder with 1.4 seconds left. Then Durant stole the show. He hit a 35 foot buzzer beating...

Recap: Memphis vs. Oklahoma City

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Durant's 32 help Thunder stay unbeaten (AP)

Kevin Durant scored 32 points, James Harden added 20, and the Oklahoma City Thunder remained undefeated with a 98-95 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night. Durant, who started the game 1 of 7, made nine of his next 10 before making the clinching free throws with a second left. Kendrick Perkins added 10 for Oklahoma City, but point guard Russell Westbrook had only...

Russell Westbrook-Kevin Durant Altercation Leads to 0-13 Shooting Night

The supposed rift between Oklahoma City stars Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant took another turn on Wednesday night. Oklahoman reporter Darnell Mayberry says Westbrook and Durant got into an altercation on the Thunder bench after players objected to the way Westbrook scolded teammate Thabo Sefolosha. Westbrook was upset that Sefolosha passed on an open shot and cursed at him. Teammates...

Suns-Thunder Preview

Kevin Durant seems poised to take the Oklahoma City Thunder to new heights this season. Helping the franchise get off to its best start in 13 years would set a good tone. Coming off a thrilling victory over the defending NBA champions, Oklahoma City looks to beat the visiting Phoenix Suns for the fourth straight time Saturday night. Durant kept the Thunder (4-0) undefeated by hitting...

Kevin Durant Fights with Russell Westbrook

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Day 5 of 124: Mr. Big Shot

Before you do anything else, head on over and watch the end of the Thunder-Mavs game if you haven’t already. Kevin Durant’s shot is easily the best of the year so far, and probably will be one of the best even after 63 more games. I mean: fade-away three-pointer from about 4 feet behind the line with 1.4 seconds and it barely catches the rim on the way through. That’s just...

Thunder fans give Russell Wesbrook a hand — and he answers back

BY MIKE SHERMAN, Sports Editor, msherman@opubco.comDon't go calling this Thunder season “special,” yet.Even after Kevin Durant's buzzer-beater from somewhere near the Oklahoma River gave the Thunder a 104-102 victory over Dallas, coach Scott Brooks cautioned against it in his postgame news conference.Read more on

Thunder fans give Russell Westbrook a hand -- and he answers back

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