October 28, 2012 |
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.
March 7, 2013
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka was fined $25,000 by the NBA but avoided a suspension for a below-the-belt shot on Blake Griffin during the Thunder's 108-104 win over the Clippers on Sunday. Avoiding the suspension allowed Ibaka to play Tuesday night against the Lakers. Carmelo wanted out, coach says New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony asked to come out of Monday's game against Cleveland before he suffered a knee injury. Knicks coach Mike Woodson told ESPN Tuesday that he erred in leaving Anthony on the floor after the all-star said he was injured.
May 6, 2011 |
Lakers forward Ron Artest has been suspended from Game 3 of a second-round series against the Mavericks tonight for hitting Dallas guard J.J. Barea in the face with a forearm. Los Angeles, already down 0-2 after losing both games at home, now will be playing a pivotal game on the road without its starting small forward. "No reaction," Artest said yesterday in Los Angeles, prior to boarding a team flight to Dallas. "I'm just ready to move forward and play basketball. " Barea was dribbing around Los Angeles' Lamar Odom with 24 seconds left in a game that had already been decided when Artest moved in and swung a forearm at the guard's head.
February 23, 2011
RAPTORS GUARD DeMar DeRozan says you can get props for executing a great dunk, just don't use props while doing it. Yesterday, DeRozan, who competed in the NBA's slam dunk contest on Saturday, said he won't compete next season if players are allowed to use props. This year, contest-winner Blake Griffin, of the Clippers, jumped over a car while performing his show-stealing final dunk. Wizards center JaVale McGee dunked simultaneously on two baskets And, Thunder forward Serge Ibaka did a reverse slam after snatching a stuffed toy off the rim with his teeth.
April 23, 2012
Carmelo Anthony scored 39 points, and the New York Knicks outlasted the Hawks, 113-112, on Sunday in a game in Atlanta between two playoff-bound teams still battling for postseason seeding. The Knicks are a half-game ahead of the 76ers for the No. 7 spot in the East. The Hawks hold the No. 5 spot in the East and still have hopes of securing home-court advantage in a likely first-round matchup against the Celtics. The Hawks took their final lead at 112-111 on Joe Johnson's three-pointer with 1 minute 50 seconds left.
April 28, 2011 |
OKLAHOMA CITY - Kevin Durant matched his best playoff performance with 41 points, including the final nine for Oklahoma City, and the Thunder closed out their first-round series against the Denver Nuggets with a 100-97 victory in Game 5 on Wednesday night. The Thunder overcame a nine-point deficit in the final four minutes, and Durant provided all the offense down the stretch to send the Oklahoma City franchise to its first playoff series win since it was still in Seattle in 2005. Durant put the Thunder ahead to stay on two free throws with 46 seconds left.
December 18, 2012 |
JEREMY LIN returned Monday to the home he never thought he was leaving, reflecting fondly on Linsanity, but not trying to recreate it. Lin made his only trip this season with the Houston Rockets to Madison Square Garden, where he went from scrub to sensation last February during a memorable stretch of basketball that made him a worldwide star. He had 22 points and eight assists in leading the Rockets to a 109-96 victory over the Knicks. "It was the time of my life, just being able to play basketball and for us to win games and do it in the fashion that we did was so much fun, and energy and buzz, so definitely something I'll remember forever," Lin said during a pregame news conference that even drew a visit from Spike Lee. Lin received a loud, appreciative cheer during starting lineups from fans, some still wearing his Knicks No. 17 jersey, but got a mixed reception when he left the game with 2:25 remaining and the Rockets leading by 16. James Harden had 28 points and 10 rebounds for the Rockets.
April 10, 2012
Russell Westbrook scored 26 points as the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder won their second straight game, beating the Milwaukee Bucks, 109-89, Monday in a game that featured seven technical fouls and an ejection of Bucks backup forward Larry Sanders. Sanders was ejected after earning a pair of technicals in the second half, while Mike Dunleavy, Brandon Jennings, and coach Scott Skiles also were assessed technicals for Milwaukee. Oklahoma City's Nazr Mohammed and Serge Ibaka also were called for technicals.
April 10, 2010 |
Ben Gordon was Detroit's best player last night. He was pretty good for the Milwaukee Bucks, too. And once again, the little guard found a way to torment the Miami Heat. Gordon scored 26 of his season-high 39 points in the second half, including two huge three-pointers in the final 3 1/2 minutes, and the visiting Pistons beat Miami, 106-99, last night to snap a nine-game Heat winning streak that had been the NBA's longest. Miami's loss gave Milwaukee essentially what amounts to a two-game cushion in the race for the No. 5 spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
May 6, 2012
James Harden scored 15 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter as the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder rallied for a 103-97 win Saturday night to sweep the defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks out of the playoffs in four straight. The Thunder trailed by 13 points with 9 minutes, 44 seconds left before Harden scored seven in a row, and nine in a 12-0 run over the next three minutes. Oklahoma City finally took the lead, and kept it, after Russell Westbrook stole the ball from Dirk Nowitzki and passed to Serge Ibaka for a two-handed slam that made it 92-91 with 5:17 left.