Billy Donovan - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Billy Donovan 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 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 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 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 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 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, 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 Florida falls short for Final Four, but finds hope in White NEW YORK (AP) — The first NCAA Tournament in which Florida's Mike White has ever coached provided plenty of hope for the future of Gators basketball in the post-Billy Donovan era. After coming up a victory short of the Final Four, though, it was difficult for White to look toward the future when the present was so painful. "Obviously ve... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 23:16:00 GMT 2017-03-26T23:16:00Z Elite! Chiozza hits 3 at OT buzzer, Gators beat Wisconsin NEW YORK (AP) — With 4 seconds left in overtime, Chris Chiozza took off with the ball, hoping to get to the hoop or find an open man. Instead, the Florida point guard stopped short right at the 3-point line and let fly with a shot that will go down in Gators' history. Chiozza's 3-pointer swished in at the buzzer in to send Florida to the ... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 12:30:00 GMT 2017-03-25T12:30:00Z Westbrook leads Thunder past Kings without triple-double OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook didn't get a fifth straight triple-double, but the Oklahoma City Thunder won their fifth straight game and that was all he cared about Saturday. Westbrook had 28 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists to help the Thunder roll past the Sacramento Kings 110-94. Oklahoma City has the longest current winning streak in the NBA and it's moved ... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 23:14:00 GMT 2017-03-18T23:14:00Z Another triple-double for Westbrook as Thunder top Raptors TORONTO (AP) — With four straight triple-doubles contributing directly to wins, Russell Westbrook's ability to make the Oklahoma City Thunder tick is undeniable. Not that there was any doubt on Thursday night as the NBA's leading scorer had 24 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds to lead his team to a 123-102 blowout victory over the Toronto Raptors. ... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 03:43:00 GMT 2017-03-17T03:43:00Z Villanova could become 1st repeat champs in 10 years VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Kris Jenkins buried the 3-pointer that sparked book deals, red carpet photo ops, a White House trip, a handful of award banquets and hundreds of perks that come with winning a national championship. But the national title did come with a tinge of pressure that lingered into this season — can Villanova beat the odds and become the fir... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 20:03:00 GMT 2017-03-14T20:03:00Z Westbrook has another triple-double, Thunder beat Jazz OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook broke a tie with Wilt Chamberlain and inched closer to Oscar Robertson. Westbrook had 33 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds for his 32nd triple-double of the season, leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 112-104 victory over the Utah Jazz on Saturday. "Just being able to attack the basket," Westbr... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 01:38:00 GMT 2017-03-12T01:38:00Z Westbrook's 29 points, triple-double lead Thunder past Cavs OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers considered resting their stars, then played the Oklahoma City Thunder at full strength and lost anyway. Russell Westbrook scored 29 points and had his 26th triple-double of the season to lead Oklahoma City to a 118-109 victory on Thursday night. Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said after Wednesday... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 05:19:00 GMT 2017-02-10T05:19:00Z Irving, LeBron pace Cavs over OKC as Love's back flares up CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James sang and danced while dressing at his locker to New Edition's "Can You Stand The Rain" following Sunday's win. Although the song's theme of weathering a storm was fitting for the Cavs, James insisted the selection wasn't intentional. "It has nothing to do with that," James said, alluding to some recent self... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 01:10:00 GMT 2017-01-30T01:10:00Z Thunder F Kanter fractures forearm punching a chair OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City forward Enes Kanter is out indefinitely after fracturing his right forearm punching a chair Thursday night during the Thunder's victory over the Dallas Mavericks. Thunder coach Billy Donovan said X-rays showed the break. Kanter left the game for good with 7:34 left in the second quarter. Kanter is one ... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 13:56:00 GMT 2017-01-27T13:56:00Z Westbrook scores 45 points, Thunder beat short-handed Mavs OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Just when it looked as if the Oklahoma City Thunder might squander a big lead, Russell Westbrook unleashed his full fury on the Dallas Mavericks. Westbrook scored 17 of his 45 points in the final 8:23 to help the Thunder beat the short-handed Mavericks 109-98 on Thursday night. Oklahoma City led by 16 late in the th... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 04:56:00 GMT 2017-01-27T04:56:00Z Westbrook leads All-Star reserve picks, Wade out Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant are teammates again. Gordon Hayward, DeAndre Jordan and Kemba Walker are about to get their first opportunity on the All-Star stage. Meanwhile, Dwyane Wade's run of 12 straight selections in the NBA's midseason showcase is on the cusp of ending. Westbrook — the NBA's scoring leader and triple-double ma... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 03:35:00 GMT 2017-01-27T03:35:00Z Paul hurt, but Clippers trounce Thunder to go 7-0 in 2017 LOS ANGELES (AP) — The last time Chris Paul went down with an injury, the Los Angeles Clippers went into a tailspin. They're hoping it doesn't happen again. J.J. Redick scored 20 points, DeAndre Jordan had 19 points and 15 rebounds, and the streaking Clippers overcame Paul's latest injury to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder 120-98 on Monday night. ... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:10:00 GMT 2017-01-17T07:10:00Z Westbrook gets 20th triple-double, Thunder beat Kings SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Russell Westbrook had a big second half and another triple-double, and it still almost wasn't enough for Oklahoma City. Westbrook had 36 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his 20th triple-double of the season and the Thunder beat the Sacramento Kings 122-118 on Sunday night. The dynamic, five-time All-Star ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 06:37:00 GMT 2017-01-16T06:37:00Z Westbrook's 18th triple-double leads Thunder past Grizzlies OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook made fewer than a third of his shots and still dominated the Memphis Grizzlies. Oklahoma City's point guard posted his 18th triple-double of the season, and the Thunder defeated the Grizzlies 103-95 on Wednesday night. Westbrook shot just 6 of 19 and missed all seven of his 3-pointers, but finished... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 05:16:00 GMT 2017-01-12T05:16:00Z Nene's late free throws lift Rockets over Thunder, 118-116 HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets weren't happy to have squandered an 18-point lead, leaving them tied with Oklahoma City with just seconds left on Thursday night. But they were proud of the plays they made at the end of the game to hang on for the win. James Harden scored 26 points and Nene hit two free throws with 0.7 seconds remaini... Fri, 06 Jan 2017 05:42:00 GMT 2017-01-06T05:42:00Z Gasol, Randolph lead Grizzlies past OKC as Westbrook ejected MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies were already rolling when Russell Westbrook took his leave — ejected after a pair of technical fouls. From there, the Grizzlies just continued to pile on the points. Marc Gasol scored 25, Zach Randolph added 21 and the Grizzlies built their fourth-quarter cushion to 37 before coasting to a 114... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 05:43:00 GMT 2016-12-30T05:43:00Z