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By Sports Digest | November 21, 2009
Kevin Durant scored 35 points, Russell Westbrook added 26 and the host Oklahoma City Thunder had its highest-scoring output of the season in a 127-108 victory over the Washington Wizards. Rookie James Harden followed his 24-point performance by hitting his first three 3-pointers and finishing with 25 points to set another career best. Caron Butler scored 24 for the Wizards, who have lost seven of eight. Gilbert Arenas had 23 points, Antawn Jamison contributed 22 points and 12 rebounds in his second game of the season, and Brendan Haywood had 14 points and 16 rebounds.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | May 11, 2014
Maybe you heard about the tribute Kevin Durant paid his mother last week. You probably missed the one he paid his dad. Both came during Durant's acceptance speech after being named the NBA's Most Valuable Player. Maybe you don't follow sports, maybe you've never heard of Mr. Durant, maybe you think a pick and roll is a roadside produce stand. You still should see the video. In a voice choked with tears, Mr. Durant, a ferociously talented forward for the Oklahoma City Thunder, thanks God. He thanks each teammate by name, thanks his coach, support staff, brothers, friends, grandmother, fans, the sportswriters who voted for him. And in the part that will have you clearing your throat and discovering a foreign particle in your eye, he speaks directly to his mother.
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August 30, 2010
Kevin Durant poured in 22 points as the United States recorded its second comfortable victory at the FIBA World Championships, beating Slovenia 99-77 in Istanbul. Rudy Gay (16 points), Russell Westbrook (11), Andre Iguodala (11) and Kevin Love (10 with 11 rebounds) also contributed in the Group B contest. "Coach told us that we wanted to disrupt their offense by pressuring them and getting into the passing lanes and I just tried to do that," said Durant, who hit 8 of 13 shots.
SPORTS
May 11, 2011
Depth will prevail Ira Winderman Sun Sentinel Monday took a ton out of both teams, but the pain tends to linger far longer for the losing team. While the series has been as wildly erratic as Russell Westbrook's play, the Thunder are playing for a legitimate shot at the NBA Finals. The Grizzlies remain in glad-to-be-here mode, persevering in the injury absence of Rudy Gay. Eventually the clock will strike midnight for the Grizzlies (although it did Monday and they just kept on playing)
NEWS
September 13, 2010
The United States ended a long wait by beating Turkey 81-64 in the final Sunday in Istanbul to win its first world championship in 16 years thanks to forward Kevin Durant . The 21-year-old Thunder prodigy won the tournament's MVP award with a series of majestic performances. Easing past defenders to score from a wide range of positions, Durant racked up 28 points in the final, including 20 in the first half after the hosts had taken a 17-14 lead. Durant buried one 3-pointer after another to give the U.S. a 42-32 halftime lead, and his Thunder teammate Russell Westbrook provided excellent support with 13 points, six rebounds and three assists.
NEWS
September 3, 2010
Eric Gordon scored a game-high 21 points to lead the United States in a 92-57 rout of Tunisia that gave the Americans an unblemished record in the preliminary round of the FIBA World Championship in Istanbul. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook each scored 14 points as the U.S. finished atop Group B at 5-0. The Americans next play Monday against Angola, the fourth-place finisher from Group A. "In practice we have to get better," U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski said.
SPORTS
May 11, 2011
Depth will prevail Ira Winderman Sun Sentinel Monday took a ton out of both teams, but the pain tends to linger far longer for the losing team. While the series has been as wildly erratic as Russell Westbrook's play, the Thunder are playing for a legitimate shot at the NBA Finals. The Grizzlies remain in glad-to-be-here mode, persevering in the injury absence of Rudy Gay. Eventually the clock will strike midnight for the Grizzlies (although it did Monday and they just kept on playing)
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By Mark Heisler, Tribune newspapers | June 24, 2010
1. Wizards: John Wall (above), 6-2¾, 196, Fr., Kentucky. Only question is how big a star he'll be. Most athletic player ever at point, eclipsing Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook. 2. 76ers: Evan Turner, 6-5¾, 215, Jr., Ohio State. Supposed to be next Brandon Roy or Joe Johnson. Either will do. 3. Nets: Derrick Favors, 6-8¾, 246, Fr., Georgia Tech. Longer-armed Al Horford with more upside. 4. Timberwolves: Wesley Johnson, 6-6¼, 206, Jr., Syracuse.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | May 11, 2014
Maybe you heard about the tribute Kevin Durant paid his mother last week. You probably missed the one he paid his dad. Both came during Durant's acceptance speech after being named the NBA's Most Valuable Player. Maybe you don't follow sports, maybe you've never heard of Mr. Durant, maybe you think a pick and roll is a roadside produce stand. You still should see the video. In a voice choked with tears, Mr. Durant, a ferociously talented forward for the Oklahoma City Thunder, thanks God. He thanks each teammate by name, thanks his coach, support staff, brothers, friends, grandmother, fans, the sportswriters who voted for him. And in the part that will have you clearing your throat and discovering a foreign particle in your eye, he speaks directly to his mother.
SPORTS
January 18, 2012
Deron Williams Todd M. Adams Orlando Sentinel Recently, USA Basketball took a different approach to choosing its roster, giving more thought to building a cohesive team. That is why the biggest name left off the team is bound to come from the NBA's strongest position, point guard. For instance, the Clippers' Chauncey Billups and Thunder's Russell Westbrook, who made the 20-man cut, really have no chance at making the team. That's because there are three phenomenal players at that position in the Clippers' Chris Paul, Nets' Deron Williams and Bulls' Derrick Rose.
NEWS
September 13, 2010
The United States ended a long wait by beating Turkey 81-64 in the final Sunday in Istanbul to win its first world championship in 16 years thanks to forward Kevin Durant . The 21-year-old Thunder prodigy won the tournament's MVP award with a series of majestic performances. Easing past defenders to score from a wide range of positions, Durant racked up 28 points in the final, including 20 in the first half after the hosts had taken a 17-14 lead. Durant buried one 3-pointer after another to give the U.S. a 42-32 halftime lead, and his Thunder teammate Russell Westbrook provided excellent support with 13 points, six rebounds and three assists.
NEWS
September 3, 2010
Eric Gordon scored a game-high 21 points to lead the United States in a 92-57 rout of Tunisia that gave the Americans an unblemished record in the preliminary round of the FIBA World Championship in Istanbul. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook each scored 14 points as the U.S. finished atop Group B at 5-0. The Americans next play Monday against Angola, the fourth-place finisher from Group A. "In practice we have to get better," U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski said.
NEWS
August 30, 2010
Kevin Durant poured in 22 points as the United States recorded its second comfortable victory at the FIBA World Championships, beating Slovenia 99-77 in Istanbul. Rudy Gay (16 points), Russell Westbrook (11), Andre Iguodala (11) and Kevin Love (10 with 11 rebounds) also contributed in the Group B contest. "Coach told us that we wanted to disrupt their offense by pressuring them and getting into the passing lanes and I just tried to do that," said Durant, who hit 8 of 13 shots.
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By Mark Heisler, Tribune newspapers | June 24, 2010
1. Wizards: John Wall (above), 6-2¾, 196, Fr., Kentucky. Only question is how big a star he'll be. Most athletic player ever at point, eclipsing Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook. 2. 76ers: Evan Turner, 6-5¾, 215, Jr., Ohio State. Supposed to be next Brandon Roy or Joe Johnson. Either will do. 3. Nets: Derrick Favors, 6-8¾, 246, Fr., Georgia Tech. Longer-armed Al Horford with more upside. 4. Timberwolves: Wesley Johnson, 6-6¼, 206, Jr., Syracuse.
SPORTS
By Sports Digest | November 21, 2009
Kevin Durant scored 35 points, Russell Westbrook added 26 and the host Oklahoma City Thunder had its highest-scoring output of the season in a 127-108 victory over the Washington Wizards. Rookie James Harden followed his 24-point performance by hitting his first three 3-pointers and finishing with 25 points to set another career best. Caron Butler scored 24 for the Wizards, who have lost seven of eight. Gilbert Arenas had 23 points, Antawn Jamison contributed 22 points and 12 rebounds in his second game of the season, and Brendan Haywood had 14 points and 16 rebounds.
SPORTS
April 16, 2012
Thunder and Bulls Teddy Greenstein Chicago Tribune I'll take the team with the Big Three, but not the LeBron-Wade-Bosh combo. I'll go with the Durant-Westbrook-Harden triumvirate that makes the Thunder an even more lethal offensive club than the flashy Heat. I'm predicting a Miami knockout in the Eastern Conference finals, courtesy of the Bulls. Chicago should have a surge of confidence after rallying against the Heat last week even though Derrick Rose played his worst game since learning how to walk.
SPORTS
June 11, 2012
Thunder too talented Ira Winderman Sun Sentinel Thunder in six. If Chris Bosh were fully healthy, there might be an issue of overall talent. The Thunder simply come from too many directions with too many weapons. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade will have to be at the absolute top of their games. The Thunder are young, athletic, long and talented. And that would seem to be too much to overcome. The Thunder are coming off a confidence-inspiring showing in the Western Conference finals against the Spurs, while the Heat are coming off a matter of survival against the Celtics.
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