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June 24, 2014 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
If you want to know how the 76ers are looking to build their team, the Oklahoma City Thunder are a perfect example. Oklahoma City has one of the NBA's elite franchises, averaging 54 wins over the last five seasons. Even that's a bit misleading because of the strike-shortened 2011-12 season. The Thunder finished 47-19 that season and advanced to the NBA Finals. But heading into the 2008 draft, the franchise had countless similarities to the present-day Sixers. (At the time, the Thunder were the Seattle SuperSonics before they relocated to Oklahoma City for the 2008-09 season.)
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October 28, 2012 | INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Unable to work out an extension with James Harden, the Oklahoma City Thunder traded the Sixth Man of the Year to the Houston Rockets on Saturday night, breaking up the young core of the Western Conference champions. The Thunder acquired guards Kevin Martin and Jeremy Lamb, two first-round picks, and a second-round pick in the surprising deal. Oklahoma City also sent center Cole Aldrich and forwards Daequan Cook and Lazar Hayward to Houston. The Oct. 31 deadline to extend Harden or allow him to become a restricted free agent in July had hung over the Thunder since camp opened.
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January 22, 2013
Landry Fields had a season-high 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Raptors sent the Lakers to their fifth consecutive road loss, 108-103, on Sunday in Toronto. Lakers center Dwight Howard was ejected after drawing two technical fouls in the first half. Elsewhere: Shawn Marion scored 20 points to help Dallas fight off a late Magic surge, and the Mavericks won, 111-105, in Orlando, Fla. . . . Rookie Andre Drummond had 16 points, and the Detroit Pistons returned from Europe with a 103-88 victory over the visiting Boston Celtics.
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February 1, 2013
Kevin Durant scored 27 points, Russell Westbrook added 21 points and nine assists, and the host Oklahoma City Thunder beat Memphis, 106-89, Thursday night in the Grizzlies' first game since trading away leading-scorer Rudy Gay. Memphis struggled mightily in the first half and trailed by 26 in the third quarter before a mini-implosion by the Thunder that featured Westbrook's getting benched after a dustup with his teammates. It still didn't provide a big enough opening for the Grizzlies, who were playing shorthanded while waiting for trade acquisitions Tayshaun Prince, Austin Daye, and Ed Davis to arrive and pass physicals.
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March 2, 2012
Kevin Durant scored 38 points and Russell Westbrook added 29 points and 10 rebounds as the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder erased a 14-point deficit to beat the Orlando Magic, 105-102, on Thursday night. The Magic had a chance to tie it in the final seconds, but Jason Richardson's long three-pointer bounced off the backboard at the buzzer. The Thunder's win was their seventh straight, matching a streak from earlier in the season. Dwight Howard scored 33 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead all five Magic starters in double figures, but the Magic struggled to shoot from the field down the stretch.
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July 28, 2010 | By Kevin Tatum, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
76ers swingman Andre Iguodala is among 15 players who were selected as finalists for the 2010 USA World Championship Team. The survivors of the team's recent workouts in Las Vegas were announced Wednesday. Chester native and NBA Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans did not make the cut. The team will re-assemble Aug. 9 in New York City, where it will train from there Aug. 10-16. The official 12-man USA roster will determined after the camp is complete, though USA Basketball chairman jerry Colangelo said a few more players may make the trip overseas for the games.
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March 14, 2013
Devin Harris scored 17 points, Ivan Johnson hit a key basket, and the shorthanded Atlanta Hawks shook off a 20-point third quarter by Kobe Bryant, snapping a three-game losing streak with a 96-92 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night in Atlanta. Bryant finished with 31 points, but made just 11 of 33 shots. He drove the baseline with a chance to force overtime, but he missed a jumper with three seconds remaining.   Garnett, Pierce star Kevin Garnett scored 12 points, passing Jerry West for 15th on the NBA's career scoring list, and Paul Pierce joined him among the top 20 scorers in league history with 15 points as the Boston Celtics beat the visiting Toronto Raptors, 112-88.
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April 27, 2013
Carmelo Anthony scored 26 points, and the New York Knicks moved to the brink of their first playoff series victory in 13 years, routing the Celtics, 90-76, on Friday night in Boston in Game 3 of the first-round series. Quickly taking the crowd out of it in the first NBA game here since the Boston Marathon bombings, the Knicks built a 16-point halftime lead and now are on the verge of taking out the Celtics. Raymond Felton added 15 points and 10 assists for the Knicks, who haven't advanced since reaching the 2000 Eastern Conference finals.
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December 22, 2012
J.J. Barea scored 14 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter as the Minnesota Timberwolves ended the Oklahoma City Thunder's 12-game winning streak with a 99-93 win Thursday night in Minneapolis. Kevin Love had 28 points, 11 rebounds, and 7 assists, and Nikola Pekovic had 24 points and 10 rebounds for Minnesota as it held off the team with the NBA's best record. Kevin Durant had 33 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists, and Russell Westbrook had 30 points, 11 rebounds, and 9 assists for the Thunder, who had not lost a game since Nov. 23 at Boston.
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April 8, 2013
Carmelo Anthony collected 36 points and 12 rebounds, J.R. Smith hit a pair of shot-clock beaters in the final two minutes, and the visiting New York Knicks beat the Oklahoma City Thunder, 125-120, on Sunday for their 12th consecutive win. The Knicks reached the 50-win mark for the first time in 13 years. Russell Westbrook had 37 points, 11 rebounds, and 8 assists for Oklahoma City, which fell a game behind San Antonio for first place in the West with five games to play. Kevin Durant scored 27, slipping behind Anthony in the NBA scoring race.
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March 27, 2015
NEW YORK - Derek Fisher sat in his slightly darkened office at Madison Square Garden and, as usual, reviewed videotape. It was 3 hours before his Knicks welcomed the Clippers to MSG on Wednesday. The video showed the Clippers' usual array of monster dunks and fastbreak thunder, but it also revealed a maestro at work. Fisher, less than a season removed from playing in the NBA, couldn't help but be awed at the deftness with which Chris Paul orchestrated the movements of every player on the court.
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March 6, 2015 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
OKLAHOMA CITY - The game started as a shootout between 76ers guard Isaiah Canaan and Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook. But when Canaan hit his fifth consecutive three-pointer of the first quarter to give his team a 15-point lead, something appeared to trigger Westbrook. Following an OKC timeout, he took the ensuing inbounds pass, took about five strong dribbles with his left hand and deposited a viscous dunk that spurred a 20-2 run to end the quarter. That didn't deter the Sixers, however, as they put forth perhaps their best effort of the season, riding a career-best night from Canaan and some clutch shooting by Jason Richardson before falling last night, 123-118, in overtime.
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March 6, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
OKLAHOMA CITY - The 76ers came close to ruining Russell Westbrook's ballyhooed return. Isaiah Canaan had an epic performance. Jason Richardson found the fountain of youth. And the no-quit Sixers overcame their miscues and shooting droughts. But the Oklahoma City Thunder managed to escape with a 123-118 overtime victory Wednesday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Westbrook finished with a career-high 49 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists to record his fourth straight triple-double.
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March 6, 2015
THIS IS push time in the NBA – teams pushing for a better playoff seeding or making that push to become part of the 16-team tournament that begins in late April. Many teams, however, are facing that final shove without a full complement of weapons. This season, seemingly more than most others, has been riddled with injuries, especially to big-time players. Derrick Rose, Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Blake Griffin, LeBron James, Jimmy Butler, and so on, and so on. So many big names missing so much time.
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March 5, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's still too early to definitely tell what type of player 76ers center Nerlens Noel will become, but as he finishes the final quarter of his first NBA season, there is no denying the improvement he has shown. After missing last season while recovering from ACL surgery, there was a question about how the 6-foot-11, 228-pound rookie from Kentucky would hold up from the physical pounding in the NBA. Noel has missed just four games and appears to be getting stronger as the season wears on. He is certainly becoming self-assured on the court.
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February 18, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Russell Westbrook's latest accomplishment could be used as motivation for the 76ers, especially Tony Wroten. A year ago, Westbrook was unable to play in the NBA All-Star Game after undergoing a third surgery on his right knee. But Sunday night, the Oklahoma City Thunder point guard had one of the best All-Star Game performances of all time. He was named MVP after finishing with 41 points off the bench to lead the West all-stars to a 163-158 victory at Madison Square Garden.
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February 17, 2015 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - Sometimes at an NBA All-Star Game, you will see something you haven't before. Though the lack of defense is always a given, some things are not. That came in a few forms last night at Madison Square Garden. Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook scored a record 27 points in the first half, eclipsing the mark of 24 in one half set by Glenn Rice in 1997 and Kyrie Irving last season. Westbrook finished the game with 41 points, leading the West to a 163-158 win. The record for points in a game, 42, was set by Wilt Chamberlain in 1962.
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February 17, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Kyle Lowry had the resumé to be here last season. But bigger names were picked over him as reserves: John Wall, Joe Johnson and even teammate DeMar DeRozan. So while more popular players were selected, the Toronto Raptors point guard kept working, kept setting lofty goals, kept believing that it would be his turn one day. So with all of Canada behind him, the Philadelphia native received enough votes to be named an Eastern Conference starter in Sunday's NBA All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden.
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December 8, 2014 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
THE WINNING streak is over, but the positives that came out of last night's loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder might have outnumbered the ones taken from the team's only win of the season on Wednesday in Minnesota. No, Oklahoma City wasn't at its elite level, as Kevin Durant was playing only his second game of the season after suffering a broken foot, and Russell Westbrook only his fifth because of a busted hand. And sure, the Sixers still suffered a 12-point setback, 103-91. But they took what OKC dealt and just kept fighting, sticking around like an annoying fly in the summer.
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