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Trans. Apr 17 12:05 ET (Apr 17 12:05 ET ) The Los Angeles Clippers posted an impressive win on Monday night, notching a 92-77 home victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder — their second straight over the Kevin Durant- and Russell Westbrook-led crew — to extend their winning streak to four and stay just a game back of the Los Angeles Lakers for the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference with five games to play.
It was an impressive win that saw some impressive performances off the L.A. bench, which chipped in 36 points on just under 50 percent shooting for the game, plus 17 rebounds, five assists, four steals and two blocks. After the game, Clippers guard Nick Young — who did the lion's share of the damage, leading the Clips in scoring with 19 points on 10 shots in reserve duty — dapped up his fellow second-unit players for their contributions. From Beth Harris of The Associated Press :
''We're one of the best second units in the league,'' said Young, who joined the Clippers a month ago in a trade from Washington. ''I'm excited. I was waiting for one of these type of games. To get it tonight against one of the league's top teams was great.''
It's good for Nick Young to think that — I'm sure coach Vinny Del Negro doesn't want his reserves to think that they stink or anything, and a Nick Young without confidence is a Nick Young less likely to take quite as many irrational long jumpers. (Wait, that might be a good thing.)
Realistically, though, he is wrong, and he's pumping the L.A. reserves' tires in a way that defies reality. The Clippers bench is not one of the best benches in the league. Like, definitely not.
Serge Ibaka helped Oklahoma City get off to a good start. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook provided the strong finish. Ibaka scored Oklahoma City's first 11 points of the game, Durant finished with 30 points again and the Thunder beat the Denver Nuggets 105-93 on Tuesday night for their seventh consecutive victory. ''It's a good win,'' said Durant, who had 30 or more points in a game for the 12th time this season, most in the NBA.
(Adds final game) Dec 17 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Tuesday's National Basketball Association games. - - - Thunder 105, Nuggets 93 Kevin Durant scored 30 points, guard Russell Westbrook added 21 points and 12 rebounds and the Oklahoma City Thunder pushed their winning streak to seven with a victory over the Denver Nuggets. Forward Serge Ibaka had 17 points and nine rebounds for Oklahoma City, which has won 14 of 15. The Thunder (20-4) moved to within a half-game of red-hot Portland (21-4) in the Northwest Division. Center J.J. ...
DENVER -- Ohlahoma City forward Serge Ibaka threatened to steal the show from his more famous teammates. Forward Kevin Durant scored 30 points, guard Russell Westbrook added 21 points and 13 rebounds and the Thunder pushed their winning streak to seven with a 105-93 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night. Ibaka had 17 points and 10 rebounds for Oklahoma City, which has won 14 of 15. They used the same formula in beating Denver -- strong play from the superstars and key contributions from everyone else.
Kevin Durant put up 30 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a victory over the Denver Nuggets, 105-93. Oklahoma City (20-4) is now on a seven-game winning streak, dating back to a 109-95 win against New Orleans Pelicans on December 6th. Other top contributors for Oklahoma City included Russell Westbrook with 21 points and 13 rebounds, and Serge Ibaka with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Despite the loss, J.J. Hickson scored 20 points for Denver on 7-13 shooting from the field and 6-9 from the free throw line.
DENVER -- Forward Kevin Durant scored 30 points, guard Russell Westbrook added 21 points and 12 rebounds and the Oklahoma City Thunder pushed their winning streak to seven with a 105-93 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night.
The Oklahoma City Thunder apparently can win ugly, too. The Thunder blew most of a 16-point lead in the final six minutes Sunday night against the Orlando Magic but hung on for a 101-98 win, the 12th in the row to start the season at home for Oklahoma City. Kevin Durant had 28 points, nine rebounds and five assists, and Russell Westbrook added 20 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for Oklahoma City, which has won six straight overall and 14 of its last 15. The Magic's Glen Davis missed a potential tying 3-point attempt in the final seconds and Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka blocked a follow by Nikola Vucevic.
Russell Westbrook finished with 20 points and registered 12 rebounds and 6 assists in a complete performance to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a close victory over the Orlando Magic, 101-98. Oklahoma City (19-4) has now won six straight contests, dating back to a 109-95 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on December 6th. Other top performers for Oklahoma City were Kevin Durant with 28 points and 9 rebounds, and Reggie Jackson with 10 points and 5 assists. Arron Afflalo had another big game for Orlando despite the loss, scoring 25 points on 9-20 shooting (2-7 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 5-5 from the free throw line.
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Forward Kevin Durant scored 28 points and grabbed nine rebounds, and guard Russell Westbrook added 20 points and 12 rebounds as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Orlando Magic 101-98 Sunday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Thunder improved to 12-0 at home, the longest home winning streak to start a season in the Oklahoma City era. With the Thunder (19-4) leading by four and 22 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Westbrook committed a turnover, and Orlando forward Maurice Harkless turned it into a layup to close the gap to two points. The Magic (7-17) fouled Durant, who made one of two from the free-throw line, and Orlando trailed 101-98 with 13 seconds to go.
Three games into his comeback from injury, Kobe Bryant remains a work in progress for the Los Angeles Lakers. While Kevin Durant's Oklahoma City Thunder continued their early season roll Friday night. Durant had 31 points, eight rebounds and five assists, Russell Westbrook added 19 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds and the Thunder routed the Los Angeles Lakers 122-97. Serge Ibaka added 19 points and 10 rebounds for his 11th double-double of the season and Reggie Jackson also scored 19 for Oklahoma City, which has won five straight and 13 of its past 14 games.
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Durant, Oklahoma City beat Denver 105-93 (The Associated Press) (2 Days Ago | courtesy: The Associated Press) Serge Ibaka helped Oklahoma City get off to a good start. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook provided the strong finish. Ibaka scored Oklahoma City's first 11 points of the game, Durant finished with 30 points again and the Thunder beat the Denver Nuggets 105-93 on Tuesday night for their seventh consecutive victory. ''It's a good win,'' said Durant, who had 30 or more points in a game for the 12th time this season, most in the NBA. More...