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Thunder jump out early, hang on to beat Grizzlies

Thunder jump out early, hang on to beat Grizzlies OKLAHOMA CITY -- Style points don't matter in the NBA playoffs. It's all about getting wins and moving on. So, despite watching a huge lead dwindle down to a single basket, Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks is pleased his team was able to hold on and beat the Memphis Grizzlies 100-86 Saturday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. The victory gives the Thunder a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven first round series.

Thunder play to win regular-season finale

Thunder play to win regular-season finale OKLAHOMA CITY -- Heading into the final game of the regular season, Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks did not want to hear anything about a night off. With his team riding a two-game losing streak and fighting for playoff positioning, he treated it like a playoff game. That proved to be the right decision as the Thunder rallied to beat the Detroit Pistons 112-111 on Wednesday night at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Durant scoring streak ends in Thunder's 107-92 win over Kings

U.S. Sports Desk, Apr 9 (EFE).- Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant's remarkable streak of games with at least 25 points came to an end at 41 in a comfortable 107-92 win over the Sacramento Kings. Durant, who kicked off the streak on Jan. 7 with a 48-point outburst against the Utah Jazz, could have easily kept it going Tuesday night at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California, but he started the fourth quarter on the bench with 23 points and his coach kept him there when his teammates put the game out of reach.

Durant's streak ends, but Thunder dump Kings

Durant's streak ends, but Thunder dump Kings SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The talk in the Oklahoma City Thunder locker room Monday night mostly concerned guard Caron Butler and his deadly accurate shooting. That is just the way forward Kevin Durant likes it. Butler's 23 points and 6-for-6 performance from 3-point range helped make the end of Durant's impressive scoring streak a mere footnote in the Thunder's 107-92 victory over the Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena.

NBA: Durant's scoring streak stops at 41 games

Kevin Durant's historic scoring streak came to a halt Tuesday as the Oklahoma City Thunder toppled the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday 107-92. Thunder forward Durant finished with 23 points as his run of scoring at least 25 points ended at 41 games. He passed Michael Jordan last time out for the third longest streak in history. Durant expressed relief Tuesday that it was over and they can get back to concentrating on winning games.

NBA: Durant's scoring streak stops at 41 games

Kevin Durant's historic scoring streak came to a halt Tuesday as the Oklahoma City Thunder toppled the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday 107-92. Thunder forward Durant finished with 23 points as his run of scoring at least 25 points ended at 41 games. He passed Michael Jordan last time out for the third longest streak in history. Durant, who is a strong candidate for most valuable player of the year, has also scored 20 or more points in 50 consecutive games. Durant, who is leading the league in scoring, last failed to score 25 or more points on January 5 against Boston.

Preview: Thunder at Kings

The slumping Oklahoma City Thunder are suddenly having to fend off the Los Angeles Clippers for second place in the Western Conference as they enter Tuesday’s road tussle with the Sacramento Kings. Oklahoma City is just one game ahead of the Clippers – the teams play in Los Angeles on Wednesday – after suffering back-to-back losses and falling out of the battle for the top spot. The Thunder allowed an average of 116.5 points in losing the first two of a four-game road swing.

Rockets clinch NBA playoff berth

(Reuters) - The Houston Rockets grabbed their 50th win of the year to clinch a place in the NBA playoffs courtesy of a 111-107 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday. Houston improved to 50-25 and are fourth in the competitive Western Conference. James Harden scored 39 points and added nine rebounds and seven assists in the win which was achieved without Dwight Howard or Patrick Beverley.

Rockets take down Thunder behind Harden's 39

Rockets take down Thunder behind Harden's 39 HOUSTON -- The Houston Rockets had numerous options from which to choose in terms of added motivation on Friday night, from their nagging three-game losing streak, their opportunity to clinch a postseason berth and their unnerving lack of success against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

NBA: Thunder halt streaking Spurs

Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder denied San Antonio a 20th straight NBA victory on Thursday, beating the Spurs 106-94 in a battle of Western Conference powers. The Spurs arrived in Oklahoma City with a chance to extend their club-record winning streak and strengthen their grasp on the top seed in the West. But Durant kept a run of his own alive as he scored 28 points with seven rebounds to lift the Thunder.
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