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Trans. Jun 13 4:46 ET (Jun 13 4:46 ET ) OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Lost in the flashiness of the Oklahoma City Thunder's offensive fireworks is soft-spoken forward Nick Collison, a steady hand on a young team playing for the National Basketball Association (NBA) championship. The Thunder's series-opening 105-94 victory over the Miami Heat on Tuesday in the NBA Finals was vintage Collison: eight points, 10 rebounds and one steal in 21 minutes. On a night that Kevin Durant scores 36 and backcourt mate Russell Westbrook adds 27, hardly a word was spoken about Collison's vital contribution off the bench. ...
Losers of eight straight, the injury-ravaged New Orleans Pelicans were down to nine live bodies in a logical mismatch against the Oklahoma City Thunder, flaunting the second-best record in the NBA and boasting the odds-on choice for Most Valuable Player, forward Kevin Durant, the NBA's leading scorer. However, behind a career night from Tyreke Evans, who was pressed into emergency point guard service when Austin Rivers was ejected along with Oklahoma City forward Nick Collison for chest bumping each other in the second quarter, the Pelicans recorded a 101-89 win Monday night at the Smoothie King Center. Despite playing with a bone bruise in his right knee, Evans did anything he wanted.
Collison and Pelicans guard Austin Rivers were ejected following a brief scuffle in the second quarter of Monday night's game between Oklahoma City and New Orleans.
The Scoop:Rivers appeared perturbed about the way he was held up during a prolonged screen set by Collison while on Oklahoma City's offensive end. Rivers shoved his way out of the screen and soon after started jawing with Collison as the two followed the play down court to the Pelicans' offensive end. They bumped again in the paint, igniting a brief shoving match with 7:56 remaining in the first half.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Thunder forward Nick Collison and Pelicans guard Austin Rivers both have been ejected following a brief scuffle in the second quarter of Monday night's game between Oklahoma City and New Orleans.
Nick Collison was ejected on Monday for an altercation with Austin Rivers.
The Scoop:Collison is usually in the news for his face getting busted open, but not tonight. He lasted just eight minutes before the ejection, finishing with no points, one board and two assists. There shouldn't be a suspension for this incident.
Austin Rivers was ejected from Monday's game for an altercation with Nick Collison.
The Scoop:A fight was close to breaking out, but it did seem a bit extreme to toss Rivers from this game. He finished with eight points, two assists and two 3-pointers in 14 minutes. The Pelicans will shift Tyreke Evans over to point guard because what else are they going to do with their decimated roster?
The Scoop:He's getting cut open a lot these days and needed four staples to the top of his head on Apr. 4. Collison did not score in 16 minutes of action vs. the Pacers, adding two boards, three assists and one block
The Scoop:He was bleeding everywhere and his cut was extremely large based on surface area. Collison cleared to return and he didn't appear concussed, so he should be fine for Friday Among players appearing in at last five games and logging 20 minutes per contest this season, Collison ranks first in plus-minus per game at 5.8. His impact is more in reality than in fantasy.
Reggie Jackson put up 16 points and recorded 11 assists, his second double-double of the season, to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a blowout victory over the Denver Nuggets, 117-96. Oklahoma City (52-18) is now on a four-game winning streak. Other top contributors for Oklahoma City included Kevin Durant with 27 points and 8 assists, Serge Ibaka with 15 points and 7 rebounds, and Nick Collison with 10 points and 6 rebounds. Timofey Mozgov chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds and Kenneth Faried finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Kevin Durant scored 30 points and recorded 9 assists, 6 rebounds and 4 steals in a complete effort to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a victory over the Sacramento Kings, 108-93. Oklahoma City (31-10) has now won three consecutive games. Other top contributors for Oklahoma City included Serge Ibaka with 20 points and 6 rebounds, and Nick Collison with 10 points and 7 rebounds. Isaiah Thomas had another big game for Sacramento despite the loss, putting up 38 points on 11-18 shooting (4-8 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 12-13 from the free throw line.
Its one thing for the Bulls to put on a brave face during this injury-riddled, adversity-filled season. Even before Saturday nights 100-84 victory over the Cavaliers at the United Center, members of the last team to face the Bulls claim to have seen signs that the tough-luck bunch could turn things around. They execute and defend, so they definitely can be a team that can get it going, for sure, Thunder veteran big man Nick Collison, a close friend of Bulls floor general Kirk Hinrich, told CSNChicago.com. Collison, who talked with Hinrich before his own teams Thursday-night rout over the Bulls, added: We didnt really get into it, but I know theyve got a lot of guys with a lot of pride and theyre well-coached, so I think they can turn it around.
The Scoop: None.
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