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March 5, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers (30-30) visit the Oklahoma City Thunder (43-16) on Tuesday night. The league will likely announce Tuesday whether Thunder forward Serge Ibaka will be penalized for Sunday's low blow to Clippers forward Blake Griffin. Though a suspension is far from a lock, Detroit Pistons guard Will Bynum was recently given one game off for a similar misstep. Oklahoma City is one of the top three teams in the league. The Lakers beat the Thunder in January at Staples Center but, Ibaka or not, taking them down in their building is a very difficult task.
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April 13, 2014 | By Ira Winderman
WASHINGTON -- What became apparent with Saturday night's Miami Heat loss to the Atlanta Hawks came into sharper focus Sunday: The Heat likely will enter the NBA playoffs as the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. With Sunday's 102-97 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the Indiana Pacers reduced their magic number to clinch the No. 1 seed in the East to one: either a win in their Wednesday season finale on the road against the Orlando Magic or a Heat loss Monday at the Verizon Center against the Washington Wizards or Wednesday at AmericanAirlines Arena against the Philadelphia 76ers.
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October 28, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
The Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets pulled off a late offseason trade on Saturday that sent James Harden, Cole Aldrich, Daequan Cook and Lazar Hayward to the Houston Rockets for Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb and draft considerations. Harden was a major factor in knocking the Lakers out of the postseason last May. The move for the Thunder was more about economics than basketball.  The new collective-bargaining agreement includes increasingly punitive luxury taxes and Oklahoma City is already heavily invested in Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka.
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April 10, 2014 | Broderick Turner
It was an intense game that clearly meant something to both the Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder. It was such an intense game that neither team seemed able to take control, the Clippers falling behind by 17 points, the Thunder blowing almost all of its lead. In the end, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant game up big to help the Thunder get by the Clippers, 107-101, Wednesday night at Staples Center. Chris Paul (25 points, eight assists) and Blake Griffin (30 points, 12 rebounds)
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August 16, 2012 | By Mark Medina
With the Lakers' roster changes pretty much finalized, it's safe now to envision how the team will fare heading into the 2012-13 season. Sure, the Lakers will have to narrow their 14-man roster during training camp, and no one knows what deals leading into the trade deadline could change the NBA landscape. But in the spirit of seeing how things have evolved for the Lakers since the 2012 NBA playoffs ended, this is one in a series breaking down potentially troublesome opponents. Team: Oklahoma City Thunder Lakers' record versus Thunder last year: 1-2 in regular season; lost 4-1 in Western Conference semifinals How Thunder fared last season: Compiled a 47-19 regular-season record (second in 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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December 31, 2011 | By Ben Bolch
OKLAHOMA CITY AT DALLAS When: Monday at 5:30 p.m. PST. TV: NBA TV. Update: The schedule makers must have really wanted to find out in the season's first nine days if the Thunder is ready to lower the boom on the NBA's defending champions. Oklahoma City prevailed, 104-102, on Thursday in the first meeting between the presumed Western Conference powers when Kevin Durant made a three-pointer at the buzzer to beat the visiting Mavericks. Now the teams will meet again four days later, giving Dallas a chance to pick up the pace following an abysmally slow start.
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June 14, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan
OKLAHOMA CITY -- If only one of the Big Three shows up again, there will quickly be a Big Two for Oklahoma City. As in a 2-0 series lead in the NBA Finals. The Miami Heat's LeBron James did his part in Game 1, posting 30 points, nine rebounds, four assists and four steals, but that ever-elusive first NBA championship was still four victories away for him. The Thunder took Game 1, 105-94, holding Dwyane Wade to seven-for-19 shooting and limiting Chris Bosh to 10 points in 34 minutes.
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February 12, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
James Harden is long gone, presumably never to return. Russell Westbrook is probably coming back soon, though the right knee that has required three surgeries since April makes his long-term durability somewhat questionable. That leaves Kevin Durant, which means everything is going to be OK(C) for the Thunder. It almost seems as if the spindly forward is all Oklahoma City needs on many nights. Durant recently scored 30 or more points in 12 consecutive games, a streak that ended only after he sat out the entire fourth quarter of a blowout victory over the Brooklyn Nets.
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June 11, 2012 | By Ben Bolch
Key stat: Oklahoma City is 8-0 in the playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena, where the decibel level can be more hazardous to eardrums than the tarmac at nearby Will Rogers World Airport. Outlook: The NBA Finals should be sponsored by Marvel Comics, so rich is it in superstars and their accompanying nicknames. There's King James versus Durantula. Flash against The Beard. Seemingly every fan outside Miami has cast the Heat in the role of the villain, still miffed nearly two years later by "The Decision" (or was it that ridiculous introductory party in which LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh low-fived fans while walking along a runway as if they were debuting the Marc Jacobs spring collection?
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April 9, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
It's being hyped as a showdown between two of the best teams in the NBA. When the Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder meet Wednesday night at Staples Center, both teams will have plenty riding on the outcome - and that's why there is all the hype. Leading the season series, 2-1, the Clippers can clinch the regular-season tiebreaker over the Thunder with a victory. So if the Clippers and Thunder end the regular season with matching records, L.A. would win the first tiebreaker of head-to-head competition and would have the home-court advantage if the two teams meet in the second round of the NBA playoffs.
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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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April 4, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The NCAA's Final Four kicks off Saturday with the seventh-seeded Connecticut Huskies looking to upset the top-seeded Florida Gators, while the second-seeded Wisconsin Badgers will try to hold off the eighth-seeded Kentucky Wildcats. The only top 10 draft prospect still in play may be Kentucky's Julius Randle, but the Lakers should keep their other eye on a potential candidate -- Connecticut Coach Kevin Ollie. In just his second year as head coach of the Huskies, Ollie has exceeded expectations.
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March 14, 2014 | By Melissa Rohlin
Charles Barkley doesn't sugarcoat his thoughts or feelings, and on Thursday, he took his rawness to a new level. During the evening's episode of TNT's “Inside the NBA," the former basketball star and now TV analyst nearly fell asleep on camera as he watched the Lakers get blown out by the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets get romped by the Chicago Bulls.  Like many of us at home who suffered through those games, Barkley's...
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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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March 13, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Oklahoma City Thunder 131 - Lakers 102 (end of regulation) The Thunder got easy revenge on Thursday night, defeating the Lakers 131-102 in Oklahoma City. On Sunday, the Lakers upset the Thunder 114-110, behind a career-high 42 points from Jodie Meeks. Meeks led the Lakers with 19 on Thursday, but it wasn't nearly enough to help the Lakers keep pace. Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant both scored 29 points to lead all scorers. Durant struggled through foul trouble in the third quarter, but Westbrook took over to give the Thunder a big lead.
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March 10, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
After a busy stretch of five games in seven days, the Lakers play only twice during Week 20. The light schedule doesn't translate to an easy schedule. The Lakers will visit the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs on successive nights. The Lakers are 22-42, three victories behind cumulative expectations . Thursday at Oklahoma City Thunder The Lakers stunned the Thunder (46-17) on Sunday, overcoming an 18-point deficit to upset one of the top teams in the Western Conference.
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