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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 from the right side toward the hoop. The speed of his attack, as always, was remarkable, but his layup rolled off the rim. As Pacers bodies swarmed for the rebound, Kendrick Perkins muscled his way into the play, pulled down one of his nine rebounds of the night and shot the ball to Kevin Durant, who was back behind the three-point line. Durant exploded, too, weaving between two bodies with unreal athleticism and putting up an acrobatic, spin-heavy layup of his own that slipped in.
The play lasted six seconds, produced two points and delivered a single thought that, while perhaps a clich, was also rooted...
BEST OF MAXIM
Houston Rockets guard James Harden missed Monday night's game against the San Antonio Spurs with a sprained right ankle.
Harden was injured in the first half Saturday night against Dallas, but remained in the game and finished with 39 points.
The Rockets had hoped he would be able to play against the Spurs, and coach Kevin McHale still wasn't sure if he'd be available...
As the focal point of the Rockets' offense this season, James Harden is shooting 25 percent on roughly four shots per game.
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook displayed his impressive athleticism with a clean block of a dunk attempt by Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert during the fourth quarter of Sunday's NBA game at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The block is more impressive given that Russell stands only 6-foot-3, nearly a foot shorter than Hibbert, who stands 7-foot-2.
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...
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, [...]
Russell Westbrook got up last night. He earned the block of the night against Pacers center Roy Hibbert. Hibbert stands nearly a foot taller than Westbrook(6'3) at 7'2. This speaks a lot for the ups that Westbrook has as a point guard. Check out the block of the night in the video below.
The Indiana Pacers didn't stand much of a chance against the first...
OJ Mayo and James Harden maintain a friendly rivalry that dates back to high school. On Saturday night, they had their most exciting duel to date. As Mayo’s Mavericks edged Harden’s Rockets in a narrow 116-109 victory, the two sixth-men-turned-starters combined for 79 points — 52 of which came in the first 24 minutes, and 19 of which came in the last 12 minutes. Unfortunately...
Point guards shouldn’t be allowed to block 7-foot centers but most point guards aren’t Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook. In the Thunder’s 104-93 win over the Pacers Westbrook blocked the 7’2” Roy Hibbert. Hibbert was going up for a dunk but Westbrook denied him.
Westbrook is one if not the best athlete in the NBA; he is just so explosive.
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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...
Roy Hibbert‘s quest to become the best center in the NBA is not going so well. The 7-foot-2 Indiana Pacers big man may be coming off a career season, but on Sunday against the Oklahoma City Thunder he posted another disappointing stat line with 10 points and six rebounds.
Oh, yeah. And this happened, courtesy of 6-foot-3 point guard Russell Westbrook:
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...
The Celtics are sitting at 11-9 on the season, putting them in fourth place in a very competitive Atlantic Division. It’s time to take a look at their upcoming opponents this week to see if they can build up some momentum.
With the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers all playing sound basketball, the Celtics can no longer afford to slack off during the regular...
Every morning, we will give you five things from the night before in the NBA to start your day.
1: Hold the Mayo
There were two players that were seeing a major increase in role entering this season and a chance to really find their way in the NBA.
James Harden went from the best player off the bench for the Thunder to the lead player for a young Rockets team with Playoff dreams...
The Houston Rockets still can't get the job done on the road.
It's been a far different story at home.
Looking to rebound from another lopsided road defeat, Houston goes for a seventh consecutive home win Saturday night when the Dallas Mavericks try to end their trip with an eighth straight victory in this Southwest Division matchup.
Trying to build off back-to-back home...