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Thunder 2020 playoff preview: Defying the odds

Jul 05, 2020 - 8:03 PM

Proving all predictions wrong, Chris Paul and the Oklahoma City Thunder plan to pull off more surprises in the playoffs

TRUE LEADER. Chris Paul (center) brings his winning ways to Oklahoma City. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Italy's Gallinari stresses safety in NBA comeback plan

May 22, 2020 - 11:35 AM

'Everybody knows this virus is no joke. If we do it, we need to do it in a safe environment,' says Thunder forward Danilo Gallinari

BACK AT WORK. Danilo Gallinari (right) says he’s the ‘happiest kid in OKC’ when he returned to the gym after nearly 3 months. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

NBA to suspend season after Jazz player tests positive for coronavirus

Mar 12, 2020 - 9:56 AM

(UPDATED) The NBA abruptly stops the Thunder-Jazz game at tip-off after Jazz star Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - OCTOBER 23: Steven Adams #12 of the Oklahoma City Thunder guards Rudy Gobert #27 of the Utah Jazz during an opening night game at Vivint Smart Home Arena on October 23, 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Alex Goodlett/Getty Images/AFP

‘Playoff peak’ Kawhi powers Clippers past Thunder

Mar 04, 2020 - 6:57 PM

'There's no restrictions on him anymore,' Clippers coach Doc Rivers says of Kawhi Leonard

SMOOTH. Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers stretch their winning run to 5 games. Photo from LA Clippers

Giannis, Bucks rip Thunder in 47-point blowout

Feb 29, 2020 - 2:56 PM

Chris Paul admits his Thunder got an 'old-fashioned butt-whooping' as the Bucks unleash a season-high 21 three-pointers

UNSTOPPABLE. Giannis Antetokounmpo sets the fiery tone early for the Bucks. Photo from NBA

Kemba, Celtics topple Thunder to stretch win streak

Feb 10, 2020 - 12:50 PM

The Celtics win their seventh straight game as Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward, and Daniel Theis return from injuries

ON A ROLL. Kemba Walker and the Celtics extend their win run. Photo from Twitter/@celtics

Lakers blast Thunder minus LeBron, Davis

Jan 12, 2020 - 3:53 PM

Kyle Kuzma erupts for a season-high performance as the Lakers romp past the Thunder even minus their two superstars

WORKING IT. Kyle Kuzma takes charge for the depleted Lakers. Photo from Los Angeles Lakers

Chris Paul, Thunder spoil Westbrook's return

Jan 10, 2020 - 3:48 PM

Oklahoma City pays tribute to former team star Russell Westbrook but shows no mercy on the floor as the Thunder rout the Rockets

'Brain smart' Chris Paul steadies streaking Thunder

Dec 30, 2019 - 6:23 PM

As Chris Paul tries to lead a young Thunder squad, the veteran point guard also wins a lot of love and praise from his teammates

Gilgeous-Alexander hits winner as Thunder roll over Raptors

Dec 30, 2019 - 11:32 AM

The red-hot Thunder take down the defending champions behind Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Chris Paul

SHOWSTOPPER. Canadian Shai Gilgeous-Alexander delivers a career-best game right at home. Photo from OKC Thunder

NBA fines Thunder's Schroder $25,000 for run-in with ref

Dec 29, 2019 - 2:18 PM

Dennis Schroder gets fined after the Thunder guard batted the forearm of a referee

Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images/AFP

James, Davis power Lakers past Thunder

Nov 23, 2019 - 1:54 PM

The Lakers win their sixth straight game and earn their 13th victory in the past 14 contests

NO. 1. LeBron James and the Lakers remain atop the NBA standings. Photo from Twitter/@Lakers

Triple-double history for King James as Lakers roll Thunder

Nov 20, 2019 - 6:01 PM

LeBron James becomes the first player in NBA history to record a triple-double against every team

HISTORIC. LeBron James sets a league milestone against Chris Paul and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

Thunder thwart injury-hit Warriors anew

Nov 10, 2019 - 12:57 PM

After getting thrashed by 28 in their first meeting, the Warriors try to put up a late fight against the Thunder this time

UPPER HAND. Chris Paul and the Thunder pick up their fourth triumph, two at the expense of the former champion Warriors. Photo from OKC Thunder

Harden drops 40 to lead Rockets over Thunder

Oct 29, 2019 - 11:28 AM

Another James Harden scoring outburst propels the Rockets past the Thunder

WAXING HOT. James Harden scores 40 points to propel the Rockets past the Thunder. Photo from Houston Rockets Twitter.

Nightmare before Halloween as Warriors crash again

Oct 28, 2019 - 8:45 AM

Another Warriors game turns into a horror show as the former champions absorb a 28-point mauling against the Thunder

TOUGH TIMES. Steph Curry and the Warriors continue to struggle with their new-look roster.

Westbrook 'eternally grateful' to OKC, Harden vows 'fun'

Jul 13, 2019 - 10:01 AM

'It's been a dream and a whirlwind,' Russell Westbrook writes as he leaves the Oklahoma City Thunder after 11 seasons

SCORING POWERHOUSE. The Houston power pairing of Russell Westbrook and James Harden unites the NBA's two top scorers over the past 5 seasons. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images/AFP

Thunder could send Chris Paul to Heat – reports

Jul 12, 2019 - 8:26 PM

A possible Chris Paul-Jimmy Butler pairing may just turn the Miami Heat into an Eastern Conference contender

WHERE WILL HE GO? Chris Paul obviously wants to play for a contender as he enters the twilight of his career. File photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFP

Thunder stars Westbrook, George undergo surgery

May 08, 2019 - 2:53 PM

Russell Westbrook is expected to return to basketball activities in 3 weeks, but Paul George's return remains indefinite

RECOVERING. Paul George and Russell Westbrook look forward to the next season after the Thunder's first-round playoff exit. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP

Westbrook shrugs off critics after playoff exit

Apr 26, 2019 - 10:18 AM

'If you want to determine my career and what I've done over two, three games, you go ahead,' says Thunder star Russell Westbrook

UNRUFFLED. Russell Westbrook doesn’t care about all the talk after the Thunder fall short anew. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

Lillard buzzer-beater seals Blazers thriller, ousts Thunder

Apr 24, 2019 - 2:42 PM

Damian Lillard caps a 50-point show with a game-winner as the Trail Blazers advance to the Western Conference semifinals

LILLARD TIME. A sensational Damian Lillard performance waves off the Thunder. Photo from NBA Twitter

Portland exacts revenge on OKC for commanding series lead

Apr 22, 2019 - 12:15 PM

The Portland Trail Blazers are one win away from advancing to the next round in the 2019 NBA Playoffs

3-1. Damian Lillard leads Portland over OKC in another dominant win. Photo from NBA Twitter

Westbrook, Thunder trim Blazers’ series lead

Apr 20, 2019 - 1:31 PM

The Thunder cut their series deficit to 2-1 as Russell Westbrook outduels Damian Lilliard and the Blazers

EXPLOSIVE. Russell Westbrook puts the Thunder back in the series with the Blazers. Photo by NBA Twitter

Scorching Blazers go up 2-0 vs Thunder

Apr 17, 2019 - 4:09 PM

The Blazers' backcourt duo of CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard again proved too hot for the Thunder

LIILARD TIME. Damian Lillard and Trail Blazers sustain the momentum at home. Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images/AFP

Blazers end playoff losing streak with defeat of Thunder

Apr 15, 2019 - 10:50 AM

Portland wins a playoff game for the first time in 3 years after back-to-back first-round sweeps in the last two seasons

FIERY DUO. C.J. McCollum and Damian Lillard conspire as the Trail Blazers draw first blood against the Thunder. Photo from NBA's Twitter account (@NBA)

Westbrook posts triple-double average for 3rd straight season

Apr 06, 2019 - 2:08 PM

The former MVP hits another NBA milestone as the Thunder sink the Pistons in a crucial duel

UNPRECEDENTED. Russell Westbrook becomes the only player to average a triple-double in consecutive seasons. Photo from NBA Twitter

WATCH: NBA game recap and highlights

Apr 03, 2019 - 11:06 PM

Thunder star Russell Westbrook erupts for a historic 20-20-20 game while the Warriors tighten their grip of the West top seed

SENSATIONAL. Russell Westbrook isn’t done making history. Photo from NBA Twitter

Westbrook becomes NBA's second 20-20-20 man

Apr 03, 2019 - 11:54 AM

Former MVP Russell Westbrook records an astonishing 20 points, 20 rebounds and 21 assists as the Thunder roll past the Lakers

HISTORIC. Russell Westbrook joins the legendary Wilt Chamberlain in the record books. Photo from NBA Twitter

Westbrook, George power Oklahoma's bounce-back win

Mar 28, 2019 - 2:38 PM

The Thunder rebound from a shock defeat with a convincing win over the Indiana Pacers

TRIPLE-DOUBLE. Russell Westbrook claims  his 29th triple double of the season before a delighted home crowd. Photo from NBA Twitter

New Grizzly leads Memphis' upset on Westbrook's Thunder

Mar 26, 2019 - 12:15 PM

Despite being eliminated from playoff contention, Memphis manages to act as a spoiler against Oklahoma

BREAKOUT GAME. Bruno Caboclo notches a career-high of 24 points over Oklahoma City Thunder. Photo from Bruno Caboclo's Instagram (@brunofive)

Thunder rip Raptors to get payback for OT loss

Mar 23, 2019 - 1:14 PM

Behind Paul George and Russell Westbrook, the Thunder avenge Wednesday's loss to the Raptors to snap a four-game skid

TRIP-DUB MACHINE. Russell Westbrook tallies his 28th triple-double of the season. Photo from Oklahoma City Thunder Twitter

Thunder star Westbrook hit with suspension

Mar 18, 2019 - 1:06 PM

The former MVP incurs his 16th technical foul, which automatically earns a suspension under NBA rules, after charging on Klay Thompson

SIDELINED. Russell Westbrook will miss one game for the Oklahoma City Thunder. File photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images/AFP

Still minus Durant, Warriors whip Thunder

Mar 17, 2019 - 12:07 PM

The Warriors advance to the playoffs for the seventh straight season after making quick work of the Thunder

CRUISING. Steph Curry and the usual suspects lift the Warriors to a 22-point drubbing of the Thunder. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP

Pacers overcome Westbrook's triple-double to edge Thunder

Mar 15, 2019 - 12:26 PM

Wesley Matthews buries the game-winner as the Pacers rally to escape the Thunder

SPOILER. The Pacers spoil Russell Westbrook’s triple-double outburst. Photo from NBA Twitter

Westbrook posts 130th career triple-double in OKC win

Mar 14, 2019 - 3:53 PM

Russell Westbrook delivers another triple-double show to power the Thunder over the Nets

ENERGIZER. Russell Westbrook says his job is to bring energy to the team every game. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: Jazz ban fan for life, but Westbrook also fined $25,000 over bust-up

Mar 13, 2019 - 9:41 AM

Utah issues a permanent ban on Shane Keisel, the Jazz fan who figured in an expletive-laden altercation with Thunder star Russell Westbrook

DISRESPECTED. Former NBA MVP Russell Westbrook says the incident was ‘completely disrespectful’ and ‘racial.’ Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images/AFP

NBA fines Thunder's George $25,000 for ripping referees

Mar 10, 2019 - 1:50 PM

'We haven't gotten a fair whistle all year. Somebody has got to look into this,' says Thunder star Paul George

PENALIZED. Paul George gets sanctioned for calling out the referees after the Thunder’s road loss to the Clippers. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Thunder escape Blazers in wild OT thriller

Mar 08, 2019 - 5:43 PM

Russell Westbrook and Paul George team up for 69 points as the Thunder overcome Lillard's 51-point outburst

BIG GUNS. Paul George and Russell Westbrook take over in the extra period. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

Big night for Towns as T'wolves rip Thunder

Mar 06, 2019 - 3:42 PM

Karl-Antony Towns erupts for 41 points and grabs 14 rebounds to lead the Timberwolves to a season sweep of the Thunder

BACK ON TRACK. Karl-Antony Towns and the Timberwolves snap a three-game skid. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Jokic drops near triple-double as Nuggets hold off Thunder

Feb 27, 2019 - 4:40 PM

The Nuggets get to close the gap on Western Conference leaders Golden State Warriors

BIG BATTLE. Nuggets center Nikola Jokic  drives against OKC's Steven Adams in Denver's key win. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

George buries game-winner as Thunder slip past Jazz in 2OT

Feb 23, 2019 - 5:25 PM

OKC star Paul George drains a floater with 0.8 seconds left as the Thunder escape the Jazz in double overtime

CLUTCH. Paul George finds a perfect way to cap a sensational 45-point performance. Photo from NBA Twitter

Pelicans lose Davis but cool off red-hot Thunder

Feb 15, 2019 - 2:16 PM

Russell Westbrook erupts for another triple-double but the Pelicans outlast the Thunder even minus Anthony Davis in the second half

Westbrook salutes 'unbelievable' teammates after triple-double record

Feb 13, 2019 - 9:59 AM

'I've got some unbelievable teammates that make my job easy,' Russell Westbrook says of the Thunder after smashing a 51-year-old NBA record

HISTORIC. Former league MVP Russell Westbrook eclipses one of the many records of legendary Wilt Chamberlain. Photo from NBA Twitter

Westbrook ties NBA record as Thunder shock Rockets

Feb 10, 2019 - 2:07 PM

The Thunder roar back from a 26-point deficit against the Rockets behind Russell Westbrook's record-tying triple-double and Paul George's 45 points

HISTORIC. Russell Westbrook ties Wilt Chamberlain for most consecutive triple-doubles in history with 9 straight.Photo from NBA Twitter

Westbrook passes Jordan's triple-double streak as Thunder cruise

Feb 08, 2019 - 11:49 AM

Oklahoma City makes easy work of Memphis with the former league MVP on track of tying Wilt Chamberlain for longest triple-double streak

TRIPLE-DOUBLE VIRTUOSO. Russell Westbrook stuffs the stat sheet again for the Thunder. Photo from Twitter (@NBA)

Irving, Celtics snap Thunder NBA win streak

Feb 04, 2019 - 12:08 PM

Boston ties Philadelphia at 3rd place in the Eastern Conference behind Irving's double-double

HALTED. Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics end the Oklahoma City Thunder's seven-game winning streak. Photo from Twitter (@NBA)

'Tremendous' George shows up as Thunder blast Heat

Feb 02, 2019 - 5:15 PM

Paul George unleashes a career-high 10 three-pointers to lead the OKC Thunder with 43 points

STELLAR. Paul George powers the Thunder to their seventh straight victory, the league’s current longest winning streak. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Bucks bounce back, Thunder roll

Jan 30, 2019 - 2:57 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks remain as the only NBA team that hasn't lost two in a row this season

CRUISING. The Bucks keep hold of the top spot with a league-best 36-13 record. Photo from Milwaukee Bucks Twitter

George leads Thunder past Bucks

Jan 28, 2019 - 11:17 AM

Oklahoma City stretches its winning streak while halting Milwaukee's own six-game winning streak

DEADLY PAIR. Paul George registers a monster double-double to pair with Russell Westbrook's triple-double. Photo from Twitter (@NBA)

Westbrook's triple-double lifts Thunder past Pelicans

Jan 25, 2019 - 4:56 PM

Russell Westbrook drops an incredible statline of 23 points, 17 rebounds and 16 assists for the 119th triple-double of his career

SHORTHANDED. Russell Westbrook and the Thunder slip past a Pelican side that’s still missing injured star Anthony Davis. Photo from NBA Twitter