Found May 05, 2012 on
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Oklahoma City Thunder
Los Angeles Lakers
DALLAS (AP) -- Oklahoma City kept picking and rolling, and James Harden kept making plays.
Instead of giving in and being content going home for a Game 5, the Thunder now are waiting for their next series. Oklahoma City rallied for a 103-97 victory Saturday night to complete a first-round series sweep of the defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks.
Harden scored 15 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter, including seven in a row and nine in the Thunder's 12-0 run after they trailed by 13 points with 9:44 left.
"I got into attack mode," Harden said. "I was determined to make plays."
After the Harden-fueled surge over 3 minutes got the Thunder within a point, they finally took the lead -- and kept it -- when Russell Westbrook stole the ball from Dirk Nowitzki and passed to Serge Ibaka for a two-handed slam that made it 92-91 with 5:17 left.
"He beat us in individual drives, beat us in pick and rolls. He got up a head of steam and was great," Mavs...
BEST OF MAXIM
DALLAS The Beard is intimidating. This is the only plausible explanation I can give for how easily Oklahoma City guard James Harden got to the rim Saturday.
There is also this: He is really good like crazy good.
This was the fourth quarter. These were the defending champs staring down being swept in the first round. This was the Mavericks trying to protect a 13-point lead. And...
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Who would have thought it would have been this easy to sweep the defending champion Dallas Mavericks. The Oklahoma City Thunder made it look easy on Saturday. One player, in particular, had a big hand in the Thunder’s victory.
Despite trailing by 13 points entering the 4th quarter, the Thunder made the plays necessary to come out with the victory. OKC relied heavily on shooting...
DALLAS The defending NBA champs made one last stand Saturday against the Oklahoma City Thunder. With perhaps their most complete quarter of the season, the Dallas Mavericks raced to a 13-point lead.
But that lead evaporated as Thunder guard James Harden put on one of the most cold-blooded displays you'll see this postseason. He embarrassed at least three different Mavs defenders...
The Oklahoma City Thunder rallied to win Game 4 with a 103-97 victory on Saturday and sweep the defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks.
The Thunder trailed in the fourth quarter by 13 points before James Harden rallied the team and scored 15 of his 29 points in the quarter.
Kevin Durant added 24 points and 11 rebounds while Russell Westbrook scored 12 points with 6 assists.
With Derrick Rose and Dwight Howard out of the mix for the 2012 Olympics thanks to injuries, Team USA has moved to replace them. The US men’s basketball team announced it has added University of Kentucky forward Anthony Davis and Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Hardin to its 20-man roster of finalists for the Olympic team.
Howard recently underwent back surgery and will be...
During the postgame presser following the Thunder’s series-clinching, Game 4 win over the Mavericks on Saturday, Jonathan Tjarks, reporting for Real GM, asked Russell Westbrook if he thought James Harden was worthy of receiving a maximum contract. It was a valid question. Harden, who scored a career playoff high in the game, was instrumental in the Thunder overcoming a late double...
James Harden had his best game of the playoffs in Game 4 of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s first round series against the Dallas Mavericks. Harden totaled 29 points, five boards, five assists and three steals off the bench as his hot fourth-quarter shooting effectively ended the Mavericks’ season. Harden’s fourth-quarter performance was needed because the Mavericks weren’t going...
READERS NOTE: I caught the final 2:51 of the Mavericks-Thunder game, after a fun and busy Saturday here in Massachusetts. Since I'm covering this series for PBT, I thought I'd share them with you. Any questions, or comments, please Tweet Me
*Apparently the Thunder were down 13 heading into the fourth quarter. They ended up winning the
DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks went into Saturday night playing for pride. Oklahoma City beat the defending NBA champions at that, too. Rallying behind James Harden and Kevin Durant, the Thunder stormed back from 13 points down in the fourth quarter to end Dallas' title reign in a stunning 103-97 fashion at American Airlines Center. "We took it one possession at a...
DALLAS – The Dallas Mavericks went into Saturday night playing for pride. Oklahoma City beat the defending NBA champions at that, too. Rallying behind James Harden and Kevin Durant, the Thunder stormed back from 13 points down in the fourth quarter to end Dallas' title reign in a stunning 103-97 fashion at American Airlines Center. Oklahoma City advances to the Western...