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September 5, 1989 | MARY ANN GALANTE, Times Staff Writer
Owners of pet birds no longer need to feel guilty about keeping their feathered friends in cramped quarters. All it takes is $4,000 or so to give the creatures room to spread their wings and a leisurely life of luxury. Thanks to Jim Durant, some birds have been flying their old crowded coops into roomier, better-appointed cages--up to 40 feet tall--made of solid brass and copper, some trimmed with marble and beveled glass.
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June 12, 2012 | By Barry Stavro
Many basketball savants before the season were predicting a LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant face-off in the NBA Finals. And here it is. Both stars are in their 20s, and with other key players on the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder also being young, this could evolve into a Magic Johnson vs. Larry Bird-like matchup for many Junes to come. Both teams have a Big 3: Miami's James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh have averaged 67.4 points in the playoffs, while the Thunder's trio of Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden have poured in 67.1 points a game.
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June 12, 2012 | By Barry Stavro
Many basketball savants before the season were predicting a LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant face-off in the NBA Finals. And here it is. Both stars are in their 20s, and with other key players on the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder also being young, this could evolve into a Magic Johnson vs. Larry Bird-like matchup for many Junes to come. Both teams have a Big 3: Miami's James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh have averaged 67.4 points in the playoffs, while the Thunder's trio of Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden have poured in 67.1 points a game.
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June 11, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan
OKLAHOMA CITY - Of course it would happen, not quite as organically as Larry vs. Magic, where the legendary rivalry was constructed in college and bounced from there, but LeBron James and Kevin Durant could finally face each other with something on the line. One of them gets his first NBA championship by the end of the month, the mutual pursuit of it possibly the only thing they have in common. It moves well beyond the city vs. country angle, where mental images of James playing in front of wealthy mojito-sipping Miami fans counteract humorously with the smaller-town way of life in Oklahoma City, where the state governor welcomed TV analyst Charles Barkley to a recent playoff game with a pair of pricey alligator-skin cowboy boots after he rode in on a horse among cheering Thunder fans.
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June 11, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan
OKLAHOMA CITY - Of course it would happen, not quite as organically as Larry vs. Magic, where the legendary rivalry was constructed in college and bounced from there, but LeBron James and Kevin Durant could finally face each other with something on the line. One of them gets his first NBA championship by the end of the month, the mutual pursuit of it possibly the only thing they have in common. It moves well beyond the city vs. country angle, where mental images of James playing in front of wealthy mojito-sipping Miami fans counteract humorously with the smaller-town way of life in Oklahoma City, where the state governor welcomed TV analyst Charles Barkley to a recent playoff game with a pair of pricey alligator-skin cowboy boots after he rode in on a horse among cheering Thunder fans.
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January 24, 2010
Daniel Gibson's three-pointer with 8.7 seconds to play Saturday night gave Cleveland a 100-99 victory over Oklahoma City, the Thunder's second loss in two nights in the final seconds. LeBron James had 37 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds, and Shaquille O'Neal had a season-high 22 points as the Cavaliers won their fourth straight. Kevin Durant had 34 points, and Russell Westbrook scored 23 for Oklahoma City. The Thunder lost to Memphis on Friday night when Rudy Gay made a 20-foot jumper with 1.3 seconds remaining.
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June 15, 2012 | By Melissa Rohlin
The Oklahoma City Thunder trailed by two points, 98-96, with 12.3 seconds left in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. Derek Fisher inbounded the ball to Kevin Durant, who was being guarded by LeBron James.  Durant spun baseline then shot a fall-away jumper in the paint. It missed. Durant thought he was fouled but the referees didn't make the call, which turned what could have been a potentially game-tying free throw opportunity into a win for the Miami Heat. James caught the rebound and was immediately fouled by Russell Westbrook.
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June 12, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan
OKLAHOMA  CITY -- So much for being fatigued. Just days after closing out a grueling seven-game series against Boston, the Miami Heat took a 54-47 halftime lead over Oklahoma City in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. The Heat looked spry from the start, racing to a 29-22 first-quarter lead over the Thunder. Shane Battier had nine points in the first quarter alone and 13 by halftime at Chesapeake Energy Arena. LeBron James had 13 points and also four steals in the first half for Miami.
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May 23, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Kobe Bryant was named to his 11th All-NBA first team on Thursday, joining LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Tim Duncan and Chris Paul for the 2012-13 season. With the honor, Bryant joins Karl Malone with the most first-team selections in league history. The Lakers guard was previously tied at 10 with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Michael Jordan, Bob Cousy and Bob Pettit. This was Bryant's eighth-straight selection to the first team.  Voting was done by a panel of 119 sportswriters and broadcasters.
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May 3, 2011 | By Lisa Dillman
Clippers power forward Blake Griffin will be named NBA rookie of the year, following in the footsteps of current stars LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Derrick Rose. The award will be announced Wednesday, according to a league official familiar with the voting who was not authorized to speak publicly. Griffin is the fifth player in franchise history to win the rookie award. Terry Cummings won it in the 1982-83 season with the San Diego Clippers, and Adrian Dantley, Ernie DiGregorio and Bob McAdoo won it as Buffalo Braves before the franchise moved to California.
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January 24, 2010
Daniel Gibson's three-pointer with 8.7 seconds to play Saturday night gave Cleveland a 100-99 victory over Oklahoma City, the Thunder's second loss in two nights in the final seconds. LeBron James had 37 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds, and Shaquille O'Neal had a season-high 22 points as the Cavaliers won their fourth straight. Kevin Durant had 34 points, and Russell Westbrook scored 23 for Oklahoma City. The Thunder lost to Memphis on Friday night when Rudy Gay made a 20-foot jumper with 1.3 seconds remaining.
BUSINESS
September 5, 1989 | MARY ANN GALANTE, Times Staff Writer
Owners of pet birds no longer need to feel guilty about keeping their feathered friends in cramped quarters. All it takes is $4,000 or so to give the creatures room to spread their wings and a leisurely life of luxury. Thanks to Jim Durant, some birds have been flying their old crowded coops into roomier, better-appointed cages--up to 40 feet tall--made of solid brass and copper, some trimmed with marble and beveled glass.
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October 31, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers opened the season with one impressive win and one impressive loss. Expectations by and large are low for the franchise.  Oddsmaker MyTopSportsBooks.com gives the Lakers 40-1 odds to win the 2013-14 NBA championship. Pregame.com isn't quite as generous, giving the Lakers 75-1 odds and picking the team to win 35 games. Good news from MyTopSportsBooks.com for Coach Mike D'Antoni -- he's not a top-three favorite to be the first coach fired (that goes to his former assistant Steve Clifford of the Charlotte Bobcats with 4-5 odds)
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July 28, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Below are five things to watch when Team USA faces France in the opening round of the 2012 London Olympics, beginning Sunday at 6:30 a.m. PDT. (We will host a live chat for any early birds crazy enough to join me). 1. Team USA can win by double-digit margins, but it has to try. There's very little chance the U.S. will lose this game, let alone the tournament. But Team USA can't exactly sleepwalk in the opener. Only the fans waking up in L.A. for the early tip can do that. France, after all, features a few NBA players, including Spurs point guard Tony Parker, Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum, future Spurs guard Nando De Colo, Spurs forward Boris Diaw and former Laker and current Clipper Ronny Turiaf.
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