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May 15, 2012 | By Mark Medina
As he approached center court, Kobe Bryant offered handshakes to Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant and guard Russell Westbrook. The greeting provided two figurative meanings. Part of it involved Bryant's confidence. The Lakers had just defeated Oklahoma City in a six-game, first-round series in the 2010 NBA playoffs, confirming once again that experience and size beats youth and speed. Three playoff series later, Bryant would collect his fifth NBA championship ring.
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April 22, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Kevin Durant is a superstar. We already knew that. But apparently we needed a reminder. With Oklahoma City trailing Memphis by five with about 20 seconds remaining in regulation, a pass from the Thunder's Russell Westbrook toward Durant was deflected by the Grizzlies' Tony Allen. Westbrook was able to recover the ball and sent an off-balance pass to Durant. The Thunder star was immediately pushed out of bounds by Marc Gasol, but not before putting up a prayer of a shot -- which somehow made it through the hoop for a three-pointer.
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October 3, 2010
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April 18, 2014 | Ben Bolch
Pick a champion, any champion. You could make a case for any of the eight playoff teams to win the wonderfully wild Western Conference. San Antonio has the best record in the NBA and features more precise movement than Cirque du Soleil. Oklahoma City has the hardest player to stop in the game, Kevin Durant, and a home crowd that makes the Thunder roster seem 18,203 deep. The Clippers are capable of being more than a tease under Coach Doc Rivers, who has molded his stars into new and improved versions of themselves.
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March 13, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers (22-43) visit Oklahoma City (47-17) on Thursday night and a chance to upset twice in a row one of the top teams in the NBA. It took a career-high 42 points from Jodie Meeks, but the Lakers stunned the Thunder, 114-110, on Sunday. Without Jordan Hill (knee), Nick Young (knee), Steve Nash (nerve root irritation) and Kobe Bryant (knee), the Lakers were lucky to get the win Sunday and the Thunder won't take them lightly again. Key matchup Russell Westbrook is one of the league's most dynamic point guards but Meeks did a credible job defending him Sunday.
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March 17, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
An Oklahoma nonprofit that works with sex workers is holding a candlelight vigil for a 21-year-old woman whose naked body was found last week on a conveyor belt inside an Anaheim trash-sorting facility. Outreach workers with No Boundaries International, a nonprofit based in Edmond, Okla., said they had frequent contact with Jarrae Nykkole Estepp in Oklahoma City in 2012, when she was featured in several videos of street life posted on YouTube and elsewhere. The nonprofit planned to hold the vigil Monday evening.
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March 29, 2012 | By Mark Medina
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April 16, 2014 | Broderick Turner
Right about the time the Clippers tip off tonight against the Portland Trail Blazers, they'll probably know if they have a chance at moving up in the Western Conference standings. The Clippers are scheduled to start their game at 7:30 p.m., PST and Oklahoma City is scheduled to starts its game against the Detroit Pistons at 5 p.m., PST. That means the Thunder game could be concluded right the time when Los Angeles is ready to play its regular-season finale in Portland. If the Thunder lose to the Pistons, all the Clippers would have to do is beat the Trail Blazers to become the second seed in the West and push Oklahoma City to the third seed.
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February 8, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Looking ahead OKLAHOMA CITY AT PORTLAND, 7 p.m. PST Tuesday. TV: NBA TV. Neil Olshey can never get enough credit. The Mike Dunleavy protégé turned the Clippers into big winners and now has built the Portland Trail Blazers into a Western Conference power in only his second season as the team's general manager. New additions Robin Lopez and Mo Williams have bolstered the core of LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard and Nicolas Batum while making Portland one of the NBA's breakthrough teams.
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November 22, 2009
Lakers tonight VS. OKLAHOMA CITY When: 6:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: FS West; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 9-3, Thunder 7-6. Record vs. Thunder: 1-0. Update: The Lakers barely got by the Thunder in Oklahoma City on Nov. 3, winning 101-98 in overtime. That had to get the Lakers' attention, right? "I hope so," guard Derek Fisher said. "But for some reason, you never seem to know." The Thunder, the second-youngest team in the NBA with an average age of 25, has several key players the Lakers will have to watch.
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April 18, 2014 | Wire reports
Joakim Noah was excused from Chicago Bulls practice Friday for personal reasons. Coach Tom Thibodeau said that Noah was in New York for bereavement. The Bulls are hopeful Noah will be back Saturday and that he will play Sunday in Game 1 of the Bulls' first-round series against the Washington Wizards. The All-Star center has been granted an open-ended absence to deal with the personal matter. The Chicago Tribune reported that sources emphasized that Noah isn't experiencing any physical setbacks and that the personal matter is an off-the-court situation.
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April 17, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
It's springtime in Los Angeles, otherwise known as the season when the Clippers march merrily into the playoffs and the Lakers conduct exit interviews. OK, so maybe this isn't exactly an annual occurrence. The Lakers haven't missed the playoffs during a season in which the Clippers qualified since 1975-76, when the Clippers were located in Buffalo and the Lakers somehow finished two games below .500 with a roster that included Hall of Famers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Gail Goodrich.
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April 16, 2014 | Broderick Turner
Right about the time the Clippers tip off tonight against the Portland Trail Blazers, they'll probably know if they have a chance at moving up in the Western Conference standings. The Clippers are scheduled to start their game at 7:30 p.m., PST and Oklahoma City is scheduled to starts its game against the Detroit Pistons at 5 p.m., PST. That means the Thunder game could be concluded right the time when Los Angeles is ready to play its regular-season finale in Portland. If the Thunder lose to the Pistons, all the Clippers would have to do is beat the Trail Blazers to become the second seed in the West and push Oklahoma City to the third seed.
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April 13, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Adolfo Flores
Authorities said they are potentially looking at more victims after arresting two men in connection with the slayings of at least four women in Orange County. Police in Orange County have been reaching out to law enforcement agencies elsewhere in California looking at possible links to other killings, officials said Saturday. Franc Cano, 27, and Steven Dean Gordon, 45, who were described as transients, were arrested on East La Palma Avenue about an hour apart Friday evening, Anaheim police Lt. Bob Dunn said.  Dunn said the two men were being booked on suspicion of murder in the deaths of Kianna Jackson, 20;  Monique Vargas, 34;  Martha Anaya, 28; and Jarrae Estepp, 21. Jackson, Vargas and Anaya were last seen in Santa Ana in October and November of last year; Estepp's naked body was found at the Anaheim trash center  on March 14. Photos: California's most notorious killers Estepp's mother told The Times on Saturday night that she could finally breathe after police told her that there had been an arrest in her daughter's death.
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April 12, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Adolfo Flores
Two men have been arrested in connection with the slayings of at least four women in Orange County, including one whose body was found at an Anaheim trash center and three others who disappeared from Santa Ana .  Franc Cano, 27, and Steven Dean Gordon, 45, who were described as transients, were arrested on East La Palma Avenue about an hour apart Friday evening, Anaheim police Lt. Bob Dunn said.  Dunn said the two men were being booked...
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April 9, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
The word on Blake Griffin has changed. All he does is debunk. Lest anyone is still clinging to the ridiculous belief that he is just a dunking marvel, the Clippers forward offered another retort Wednesday night at Staples Center. He led fastbreaks. He made midrange jumpers. He flung smart passes to open teammates. Problem was, not enough of those teammates showed up during the Clippers' too-little, too-late 107-101 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Griffin and Chris Paul came to play, but they aren't going to take the Clippers anywhere playing two on five.
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April 8, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
The Clippers know Wednesday night's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center has meaning. “It's a big game,” Blake Griffin said before the Clippers' practiced Tuesday morning. “You can't really dance around that. They are right in front of us. But at the same time, it's still going to go up to another level in the playoffs. It's not going to be quite like it is in the playoffs, but it will be an intense game.” The Clippers know if they defeat the Thunder, Los Angeles has a chance to move past Oklahoma City in the ultra-competitive Western Conference.
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April 8, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
The Clippers know that their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center on Wednesday night is important. "It's a big game," Blake Griffin said Tuesday before practice. "You can't really dance around that. They are right in front of us. But at the same time, it's still going to go up to another level in the playoffs. It's not going to be quite like it is in the playoffs, but it will be an intense game. " If the Clippers defeat the Thunder, Los Angeles still has a chance to move past Oklahoma City in the ultra-competitive Western Conference.
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