Oklahoma City Thunder - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Oklahoma City Thunder Thunder GM Presti sees a bright future with young talent OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Thunder general manager Sam Presti finds wannabe executives amusing. One of the most common questions he gets involves how the Thunder plan to address depth at point guard behind Russell Westbrook. The Thunder struggled at times, especially in the playoffs, when their MVP candidate went to the bench. "A lot of peopl... Mon, 01 May 2017 21:18:00 GMT 2017-05-01T21:18:00Z NBA fines Rockets owner $100,000 for confronting referee NEW YORK (AP) — Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander has been fined $100,000 by the NBA for confronting a referee during live game action. Byron Spruell, the NBA's president of league operations, announced Alexander's fine Wednesday. The incident occurred Tuesday in the final minute of the first quarter during the Rockets' 105-99 vict... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:51:00 GMT 2017-04-26T22:51:00Z Rockets determined to play better in conference semis HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden and the Houston Rockets are feeling great heading into the Western Conference semifinals for one big reason. They don't believe they played well so far despite downing the Russell Westbrook-led Thunder 4-1 in the first round. "That's what's exciting," Harden said. "We can play 10-times better, especially offe... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:43:00 GMT 2017-04-26T06:43:00Z Rockets advance with 105-99 win over Thunder HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets are headed to the Western Conference semifinals after using strong defense and a balanced scoring attack to overcome another big game by Russell Westbrook and eliminate the Oklahoma City Thunder with a 105-99 victory in Game 5 on Tuesday night. James Harden had 34 points while Westbrook piled up 47 and came up just one a... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 04:54:00 GMT 2017-04-26T04:54:00Z Nene's 28 lead Rockets past Thunder for 3-1 series lead OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — James Harden's shot was off, and one of the most unlikely players on Houston's roster came to the rescue. Nene scored 28 points on perfect shooting from the field, and the Rockets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 113-109 on Sunday to take a 3-1 lead in their first-round playoff series. The 6-foot-11 center from Brazil... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 04:34:00 GMT 2017-04-24T04:34:00Z Westbrook goes on rant defending Thunder teammates OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Thunder guard Russell Westbrook went on a rant defending his teammates after Sunday's 113-109 loss to the Houston Rockets. A recurring theme throughout the series has been Oklahoma City's tendency to lose leads when Westbrook sits in the second half. It happened again on Sunday __ the Thunder were outscored 13-4 in a stretch that lasted from late in the ... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:48:00 GMT 2017-04-24T00:48:00Z Westbrook clinches triple-double in first half vs. Rockets OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Thunder guard Russell Westbrook achieved a triple-double in the first half of Sunday's playoff game against the Houston Rockets. Westbrook had 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists at halftime. He grabbed the 10th rebound in the final second of the second quarter. The Thunder led 58-54 at the break. According to the... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 20:55:00 GMT 2017-04-23T20:55:00Z Rockets' Beverley fined $25,000 for confronting fan OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The NBA has fined Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley $25,000 for confronting a fan after Game 3 of the team's first-round playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The league announced the fine about two hours before Game 4 tipped off Sunday. Beverley had two incidents with the same fan Friday night in O... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 18:32:00 GMT 2017-04-23T18:32:00Z Rites of postseason: LeBron looks for sweep, Clippers ailing They seem like postseason traditions: LeBron James is going for a sweep, and the Los Angeles Clippers have big problems. James is one win from the second round and the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers might be on the cusp of getting several rest days. Meanwhile, Blake Griffin will miss the rest of the season in a major blow for a Clippers team that now faces playof... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 19:37:00 GMT 2017-04-22T19:37:00Z Westbrook's triple-double leads Thunder past Rockets 115-113 OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook figured out that he didn't have to do it all. Once that happened, the Thunder figured out how to beat the Houston Rockets. Westbrook scored 32 points in a triple-double and the Thunder held off the Rockets 115-113 on Friday night to cut their deficit to 2-1 in the first-round Western Conference playoff series. ... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 11:56:00 GMT 2017-04-22T11:56:00Z Rockets overcome Westbrook's 51, take 2-0 lead over Thunder HOUSTON (AP) — Russell Westbrook put up gaudy numbers on Wednesday night. The Houston Rockets got a more modest performance from James Harden, but a collective scoring effort helped them rally for a 115-111 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder to take a 2-0 lead in the first-round Western Conference playoff series. "It wasn't pretty," Har... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 04:33:00 GMT 2017-04-20T04:33:00Z Harden has 37 points; Rockets rout Thunder, Westbrook 118-87 HOUSTON (AP) — Although James Harden is Houston's undisputed star, he can't top Russell Westbrook entirely on his own. As is so often the case, Patrick Beverley was there for support Sunday night. Harden scored 37 points to outshine Westbrook, and the Rockets pulled away in the third quarter and coasted to a 118-87 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 1 of their fi... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 05:30:00 GMT 2017-04-17T05:30:00Z MVP favorites Harden, Westbrook get first-round showdown HOUSTON (AP) — While everyone must wait more than two months for the NBA's MVP to be announced, the league will showcase the two front-runners for the honor in James Harden and Russell Westbrook when the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder open a first-round playoff series Sunday night. "I think the league is very prosperous because we've got some g... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 23:27:00 GMT 2017-04-15T23:27:00Z Thunder's Westbrook focused on playoffs, not historic season OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Shortly after the Thunder wrapped up their regular-season finale, Russell Westbrook grew weary of talking about individual accolades. The Thunder guard happily answered questions about Oscar Robertson's MVP endorsement , and he answered a few questions about his record 42 triple-doubles in the regular season before his mood soured. When he was asked abou... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 22:33:00 GMT 2017-04-14T22:33:00Z Robertson endorses Westbrook for MVP OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oscar Robertson endorsed Russell Westbrook for the Most Valuable Player award before the Thunder's regular-season finale against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night. Westbrook broke Robertson's single-season record for triple-doubles by getting his 42nd on Sunday against Denver. Robertson set the previous record of 41 for the Cincinnati Royals during t... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 12:06:00 GMT 2017-04-13T12:06:00Z Thunder star Russell Westbrook resting against Timberwolves MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Russell Westbrook is finally taking a night off. The Oklahoma City star is resting for the game on Tuesday night in Minnesota, the first time this season he has missed a game. With the Thunder locked into the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference playoff field and only two games left on the schedule, coach Billy Donovan said the time was right to give their... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 18:17:00 GMT 2017-04-11T18:17:00Z Westbrook sets triple-double record, Thunder beat Nuggets DENVER (AP) — First, Russell Westbrook broke Oscar Robertson's record for most triple-doubles in a season. Then, he broke the Denver Nuggets' hearts. Westbrook's 36-foot dagger at the buzzer gave Oklahoma City a 106-105 victory, eliminating the Nuggets from playoff contention and capping an historic Sunday afternoon in which he scored 50 points to go with 16 rebounds and 10 ... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 01:23:00 GMT 2017-04-10T01:23:00Z Westbrook breaks Robertson's record for triple-doubles DENVER (AP) — Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook has broken Oscar Robertson's NBA record with his 42nd triple-double of the season. Westbrook had 23 points, 12 rebounds and six assists by halftime at Denver on Sunday. He got his 10th assist with 4:17 left in the fourth quarter. Westbrook fed Semaj Christon in the right corner... Sun, 09 Apr 2017 23:06:00 GMT 2017-04-09T23:06:00Z Westbrook secures triple-double average, falls short of 42nd PHOENIX (AP) — Russell Westbrook joined Oscar Robertson as the only players in NBA history to average a triple-double for a season. That didn't make him feel much better about his or his team's awful Friday night, when Westbrook failed for the second game in a row to break Robertson's 55-year-old, single-season record for most triple-doubles. ... Sat, 08 Apr 2017 06:06:00 GMT 2017-04-08T06:06:00Z Westbrook clinches triple-double average for season PHOENIX (AP) — Russell Westbrook is the second player in NBA history to average a triple-double for a season. The Oklahoma City Thunder sensation assured that statistic with his sixth assist of the night early in the second half against the Phoenix Suns on Friday. The point guard had already secured a double-figure average in points and rebounds for the season. ... Sat, 08 Apr 2017 03:36:00 GMT 2017-04-08T03:36:00Z Fans appreciate Westbrook's energy during his historic run MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Fans stood on their feet, screaming for Russell Westbrook to grab the one rebound needed to separate himself from Oscar Robertson and grab an NBA record that has stood for 55 years. This was a road game. It didn't matter. Fans all around the league are showing how much they appreciate the Oklahoma City guard's energy during his histo... Thu, 06 Apr 2017 13:20:00 GMT 2017-04-06T13:20:00Z Westbrook misses triple-double, Thunder beat Grizzlies MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Russell Westbrook just missed breaking a tie with Oscar Robertson for the NBA single-season triple-double record. The Oklahoma City star did knock down a late 3-pointer to seal a victory Westbrook fell a rebound short of an historic triple-double, but scored 45 points, including the Thunder's final five points to lead Oklahoma City t... Thu, 06 Apr 2017 04:11:00 GMT 2017-04-06T04:11:00Z Westbrook ties triple-double mark; Thunder top Bucks 110-79 OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — For just a few moments, Russell Westbrook slowed down. The Oklahoma City Thunder's mile-a-minute point guard took the time to soak in the atmosphere Tuesday night after he matched Oscar Robertson's single-season record with his 41st triple-double. The home crowd stood and chanted "MVP! MVP!" long after the assist, and he later waved to the crowd after pl... Wed, 05 Apr 2017 04:38:00 GMT 2017-04-05T04:38:00Z Westbrook ties Robertson's season triple-double record of 41 OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Thunder guard Russell Westbrook has matched Oscar Robertson's single-season record for triple-doubles, collecting his 41st during Tuesday's game against the Milwaukee Bucks. Westbrook clinched his triple-double on an assist to Taj Gibson with 9:17 left in the third quarter. The crowd stood and chanted "MVP! MVP!" long after the assist. ... Wed, 05 Apr 2017 01:36:00 GMT 2017-04-05T01:36:00Z Walker scores 29; Hornets overcome Westbrook's triple-double OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Desperately needing a victory to stay in the Eastern Conference playoff race, the Charlotte Hornets picked up one in a place they'd never won before. Kemba Walker scored 29 points to help Charlotte overcome Russell Westbrook's sixth straight triple-double to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 113-101 on Sunday. It was the Hornets' first win in Oklahoma City,... Sun, 02 Apr 2017 22:44:00 GMT 2017-04-02T22:44:00Z Westbrook scores 57 in Thunder's 114-106 OT win over Magic ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Russell Westbrook had 57 points — the most in a triple-double in NBA history — 13 rebounds and 11 assists to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 114-106 overtime win over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night. Westbrook, a leading MVP candidate, led the Thunder to their largest comeback in team history, rallying Oklahoma City from a 21... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 06:30:00 GMT 2017-03-30T06:30:00Z Westbrook, Thunder top Mavs 92-91 with 14-0 finishing run DALLAS (AP) — Russell Westbrook rescued Oklahoma City with a stunning rally and guaranteed the first losing record for Dallas in 17 full seasons under owner Mark Cuban. Westbrook hit a pull-up jumper with seven seconds left and the Thunder erased a 13-point deficit in the final four minutes for a 92-91 victory over the Mavericks on Monday night. ... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 06:00:00 GMT 2017-03-28T06:00:00Z Williams leads Rockets to easy 137-125 win over Thunder HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden was Houston's fourth-leading scorer on Sunday against the Oklahoma City Thunder. However, it was clear to everyone that he was the key to Houston's victory. Lou Williams scored 31 points off the bench, Harden finished with 22 points and 12 assists, and the Rockets never trailed while cruising to a 137-125 victory. ... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 23:50:00 GMT 2017-03-26T23:50:00Z Westbrook posts 35th triple-double; Thunder roll past 76ers OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook recorded his 35th triple-double of the season with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists and the Oklahoma City Thunder cruised to a 122-97 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night. The Thunder have won 16 straight games against Philadelphia, a run that stretches to the 2008-09 season, the franchise's first ... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 02:31:00 GMT 2017-03-23T02:31:00Z Curry shoves, Thompson shoots and Warriors roll Thunder OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors didn't have Kevin Durant for Monday night's game at Oklahoma City. With or without Durant, there's animosity to go around in this hot-blooded rivalry. Klay Thompson scored 34 points to help the Warriors beat the Thunder 111-95 in a heated matchup filled with trash talk, te... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 04:48:00 GMT 2017-03-21T04:48:00Z