Victor Oladipo - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Victor Oladipo 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 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 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 Orlando fires GM Hennigan after missing playoffs for 5 years ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Orlando Magic have fired general manager Rob Hennigan, saying Thursday it was time to go in a different direction after missing the postseason for five straight seasons. "The facts are we regressed this year and we made the decision that five years under this leadership team was enough to show improvement, which we have not," Magic CEO Alex Martins s... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 22:52:00 GMT 2017-04-13T22:52:00Z 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 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 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 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 Leonard returns after concussion, Aldridge remains out SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Spurs All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard will play Monday night against the Atlanta Hawks after successfully completing the NBA's concussion protocol. Leonard suffered a concussion in the second half against Oklahoma City last Thursday after being inadvertently hit in the side of head by Thunder guard Victor Oladipo. Leon... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 23:26:00 GMT 2017-03-13T23:26:00Z 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 Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge out with heart arrhythmia SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge will be out indefinitely due to a minor heart arrhythmia, the latest occurrence of heart issues for the five-time All-Star. Coach Gregg Popovich said Aldridge informed the team "he felt a little odd" during San Antonio's 112-102 loss at Oklahoma City on Thursday, leading to the diagnosis. ... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 01:09:00 GMT 2017-03-12T01:09:00Z Spurs star Leonard to miss Warriors game with concussion SAN ANTONIO (AP) — All-Star Kawhi Leonard will miss the Spurs' showdown with the Golden State Warriors on Saturday after suffering a concussion. Leonard was injured in the second half of San Antonio's 102-92 loss to Oklahoma City on Thursday night, which snapped the team's nine-game winning streak. The forward was struck on the left sid... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 00:43:00 GMT 2017-03-11T00:43:00Z Westbrook has another triple-double, Thunder beat Spurs OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oscar Robertson is the only player ever to have more triple-doubles in a season than Russell Westbrook. Westbrook had his 31st triple-double of the season to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the San Antonio Spurs 102-92 on Thursday night. He had 23 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists to match Wilt Chamberlain's 1967-68 campaign for the second-most in a... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 05:04:00 GMT 2017-03-10T05:04:00Z Trail Blazers overcome Westbrook's 58 to top Thunder 126-121 OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Portland countered NBA scoring leader Russell Westbrook's onslaught with strength in numbers. Seven Trail Blazers scored in double figures, and Portland overcame Westbrook's career-high 58 points to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 126-121 on Tuesday night. "When you see the stats, Russ got like 60 or whatever," said ... Wed, 08 Mar 2017 05:11:00 GMT 2017-03-08T05:11:00Z Westbrook scores 41 in triple-double as Thunder top Pelicans OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook blew past Steven Adams' pick and saw 6-foot-11, 270-pound DeMarcus Cousins slide over to block his path to the rim. Westbrook didn't care. Oklahoma City's 6-3 point guard leaped up and uncorked a devastating right-handed jam over the new member of the New Orleans Pelicans. It drew Cousins' sixth foul with 2:38 to go, and the Thunder led... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 04:17:00 GMT 2017-02-27T04:17:00Z Westbrook's triple-double leads Thunder past Lakers, 110-93 OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook connected with his new teammates immediately. Westbrook scored 17 points in his 28th triple-double of the season, and the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 110-93 on Friday night. It was the first game in a Thunder uniform for Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott, acquired Thursday in ... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 05:13:00 GMT 2017-02-25T05:13:00Z Westbrook scores 38 in triple-double as Thunder top Knicks OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook closed out the first half in familiar fashion — with a triple-double and a win. Westbrook scored 38 points and posted his 27th triple-double of the season to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the New York Knicks 116-105 on Wednesday night. Westbrook moved into sole possession of third place for t... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 07:24:00 GMT 2017-02-16T07:24:00Z Raptors get 'boost' acquiring Ibaka in deal with Magic Kyle Lowry said something had to change in Toronto. Serge Ibaka is on his way to try to make that happen. The Raptors acquired the veteran power forward from Orlando on Tuesday for Terrence Ross and a 2017 first round draft pick. Orlando general manager Rob Hennigan said Tuesday evening the trade of Ibaka for Ross was necessary for the ... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:45:00 GMT 2017-02-15T00:45:00Z Durant leads Warriors to win in return to Oklahoma City OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — After a roller-coaster of emotions surrounding his return to Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant was glad to come out with a win and move on. Durant scored 34 points while being booed throughout the night, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Thunder 130-114 in a chippy game on Saturday night. It was Durant's first game b... Sun, 12 Feb 2017 16:01:00 GMT 2017-02-12T16:01:00Z 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 Westbrook's 38, triple-double lead Thunder past Grizzlies OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — For three quarters, Russell Westbrook did most of his damage passing and rebounding. Once his shot started falling, the Memphis Grizzlies were finished. Westbrook scored 19 of his 38 points in the fourth quarter and had a triple-double to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder in a 114-102 victory Friday night. ... Sat, 04 Feb 2017 05:46:00 GMT 2017-02-04T05:46:00Z 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 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 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