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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 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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May 16, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Some things to watch when the Thunder hosts the Lakers in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals. Oklahoma City leads the series, 1-0. 1. How will the Lakers' defend the pick-and-roll? The Lakers provided a great clinic in their 119-90 Game 1 loss on exactly what not to do in this category. Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum didn't show out on screens, allowing the Thunder to shoot a blistering 53% from the field mostly because of open jumpers. Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace, Ramon Sessions and Steve Blake didn't stick tightly to Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and James Harden, respectively, allowing each of them to create through dribble penetration.
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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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March 22, 2012 | By Mark Medina
The Thunder sped past the Lakers, and they couldn't keep up. The Lakers' championship experience surpassed the Thunder, and Oklahoma City couldn't provide a rebuttal. Two years after battling each other in a six-game first-round playoff series, both teams have acquired chess pieces that could set up an epic Western Conference finals contest. In a deal with Cleveland, the Lakers acquired guard Ramon Sessions, whose speed, play-making and youth allow him to move like a knight across the board.
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March 18, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
A 21-year-old woman whose naked body was found on a conveyor belt at an Anaheim trash-sorting facility may have spent her last days and nights inside a second-floor motel room on a densely packed stretch of Beach Boulevard. Jarrae Nykkole Estepp had become a regular in the aging commercial district in recent weeks, walking the busy boulevard. Only blocks from Disneyland, the street is defined by strip malls, fast-food restaurants and motels from a bygone era. Detectives said their efforts to retrace Estepp's final steps in the hope of finding her killer have brought them to the neighborhood, long known as a haven for prostitution.
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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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October 3, 2010
THE BEST WAY TO OKLAHOMA CITY From LAX, nonstop service to Oklahoma City is offered on United. Direct service (stop, no change of plane) is offered on Southwest, and connecting service (change of planes) is offered on American, Delta, Continental, United, Southwest and Frontier. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $238. WHAT TO DO Visitors are welcome at the Oklahoma National Stock Yards ' sprawling arena, 107 Livestock Exchange Building, Oklahoma City; (405)
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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 29, 2012 | By Mark Medina
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March 28, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
HOUSTON - Blake Griffin seems to relish telling his critics how wrong they are about the perceived holes in his game. On Thursday night the Clippers power forward put the clamps on Dallas All-Star Dirk Nowitzki during the most important moments in the Clippers' 109-103 win over the Mavericks. Nowitzki missed all six of his fourth-quarter shot attempts, one of which was blocked by Griffin, who also pressured Nowitzki into throwing the ball into the backcourt for a turnover with 38.9 seconds left and the scored tied.
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March 22, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
A foreign legion? Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni , on the need for his team's young players to prove themselves in the final stages of a lost season: "This is their future. This is not just, 'Oh, we're having a bad year.' No, your next stop is Europe, so it's like you know what, let's buckle up. They shouldn't have a minute where you don't play hard. They have to understand the importance of this time. " Fashion cop Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Jarrett Jack , on wearing the NBA's sleeved uniforms: "We're like the beach police.
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March 18, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
A 21-year-old woman whose naked body was found on a conveyor belt at an Anaheim trash-sorting facility may have spent her last days and nights inside a second-floor motel room on a densely packed stretch of Beach Boulevard. Jarrae Nykkole Estepp had become a regular in the aging commercial district in recent weeks, walking the busy boulevard. Only blocks from Disneyland, the street is defined by strip malls, fast-food restaurants and motels from a bygone era. Detectives said their efforts to retrace Estepp's final steps in the hope of finding her killer have brought them to the neighborhood, long known as a haven for prostitution.
BUSINESS
March 17, 2014 | By Shan Li
Chesapeake Energy Corp. said it plans to spin off its oil field services division into a separate publicly traded company. The news came weeks after the the oil and natural gas producer said it was pursuing strategic alternatives for the division, including a possible sale. The Oklahoma City company, which is the second-largest producer of natural gas in the U.S., has been moving to cut costs after a year of upheaval that included the ouster of Chief Executive Aubrey McClendon.
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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.
SPORTS
March 13, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
CLIPPERS AT UTAH When: 6 PDT. Where: EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980, 1330. Records: Clippers 46-20, Jazz 22-43. Record vs. Jazz: 2-0. Update: Blake Griffin has scored at least 20 points in 24 consecutive games, the second-longest streak this season behind Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant's 37 straight games. Griffin's streak is also the second-longest in Clippers franchise history behind World B. Free, who scored 20-plus points in 36 consecutive games during the 1979-80 season.
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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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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 13, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
OKLAHOMA CITY -- The look on Coach Mike D'Antoni's face said it all while Steve Nash took part in an individual workout Thursday morning. "He's not going to play," D'Antoni said glumly. "It doesn't make any sense for him to come back for 15 games, whatever. " Nash is done for this season, one day after the Lakers officially terminated the chances of Kobe Bryant coming back before their April 16 regular-season finale. The Lakers (22-42) have 18 games remaining, including Thursday at Oklahoma City.
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