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That young up-and-coming Oklahoma City team that made things so difficult on the Dallas Mavericks in the playoffs last year may not even let the defending NBA champions get out of the first round this time.
Even though Kevin Durant has struggled with his shot, and each of the first two games in this opening-round series has gone down to the closing seconds, the Thunder certainly aren't in awe of Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks.
Oklahoma City has a 2-0 advantage in the best-of-7 series that shifts to Dallas for Game 3 on Thursday night.
''Game 3 is Game 7,'' Mavericks guard Jason Terry said Wednesday, stopping only briefly to make that comment while bounding up the stairs from the practice court to the locker room.
''We've played very well the first two games but we come away empty because we just haven't been able to make one extra play,'' coach Rick Carlisle said. ''We've got to turn that in Game 3, and it's not as sim...
BEST OF MAXIM
OKLAHOMA CITY The shot went up and the celebration began.
Kevin Durant, the star forward for the Oklahoma City Thunder, hit another big shot this time coming in the first game of the NBA playoffs for the win against the Dallas Mavericks.
But Durant didn't celebrate.
"It's only Game One, man," he said. "It's too early for all that."
DALLAS (AP) -- Kevin Durant finally found his postseason shooting touch to get Oklahoma City off to a quick start, and the Thunder never trailed on the way to a 95-79 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night for a commanding 3-0 series lead over the defending NBA champs.
After two close games on their home court, the young Thunder ran away with Game 3.
They will run...
With Kevin Durant struggling with his shot, fellow All-Star Russell Westbrook is carrying the load to help the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 2-0 lead in their Western Conference playoff series against defending NBA champion Dallas.
Durant has missed almost twice as many shots as he has made in the first two games of the series, connecting on only 15 of his 44 attempts. Yet those struggles...
DALLAS For half a decade, the Dallas Mavericks have mastered the art of winning close games. For this bastardized season, they've painted outside the lines as the most wobbly close-game combatants among playoff teams.
But for one game on Thursday Game 3 in this first-round playoff series against a blossoming Oklahoma City team the ability to arrange for close games and the...
The Oklahoma City Thunder don't need much help on the basketball court. The Thunder boast not only the league scoring champion in Kevin Durant, but they also finished with third best record in the NBA this season. So when looking for help to "Thunder up" for the playoffs, Durant and Co. could only logically turn to once person -- Kate Upton. Upton, the 19-year-old supermodel...
Russell Westbrook scored 29 points, Kevin Durant added 26 in an off-shooting performance and the Oklahoma City Thunder clawed out a 102-99 victory over defending champion Dallas on Monday night to take a 2-0 lead in the first-round playoff series.
Durant hit two free throws with 50.4 seconds left to give Oklahoma City a 98-97 lead, and James Harden hit four more foul shots to close...
How is the NBA counteracting the dearth of viable big men that are entering the league these days? Simple, teams have started to look more for penetrating point guards like the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook in the draft to help generate points in the paint. Just look at some of the teams in the league now and how they operate. When the game is on the line, the Chicago...
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Russell Westbrook scored 29 points, Kevin Durant added 26 in an off-shooting performance and the Oklahoma City Thunder clawed out a 102-99 victory over defending champion Dallas on Monday night to take a 2-0 lead in the first-round playoff series.
Durant hit two free throws with 50.4 seconds left to give Oklahoma City a 98-97 lead, and James Harden hit four...
OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Oklahoma City Thunder protected its home court. Barely. Despite a second poor shooting night from Kevin Durant, the Thunder notched a 102-99 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night inside Chesapeake Energy Arena to take a 2-0 lead in the first-round playoff series. Durant scored 26 points on 5-of-17 shooting and had a game-high seven turnovers. However...
One more play.
The NBA game is a curious one. One that presents us with almost 3 hours of theater in which their can be hundreds of events that lead to victory. And yet, many observers often walk away wondering why they watch the 1st 75-90 of the game. Because, often, it seems that only the final few minutes -- often referred to as "crunch time" -- is all that truly matters...
In a series that many picked the Thunder to steamroll the defending champs, many have been pleasantly surprised how close this series is, with the first two games decided by 4 points. Oklahoma City will take a two games to none lead into Dallas for games three and four in hopes of sweeping the Mavericks after winning game two 102-99. However, Dallas has continued to play well...
DALLAS -- The defending champions are 48 minutes from elimination. The Oklahoma City Thunder put a pounding on the Dallas Mavericks that likely has signaled a changing of the guard in the Western Conference. The Thunder's 95-79 romp Thursday has the young upstarts one victory from advancing to the second round. The Mavericks, down three games to none in the best-of-seven...
After defeating the Dallas Mavericks by a total of four points to grab the first two games of their opening round Western Conference Playoff series, the Oklahoma City Thunder took charge early in Thursday night’s game at the American Airlines Center beating the Mavericks 95-79 to take a 3-0 lead in their best of seven match-up. Kevin Durant led five Thunder players in double-figures...
OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Dallas Mavericks are in a two-game hole at the start of their title defense. Russell Westbrook scored 29 points, and Kevin Durant added 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 102-99 win over the reigning champions Monday. The Thunder took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven first-round playoff series. Dirk Nowitzki scored a game-high...