May 20, 2013 |
As a massive tornado bore down on Oklahoma City, Julie Jones and several neighbors in the suburb of Moore rushed to their cars and fled south. "This one was a monster. It was huge, dark and scary," said Jones, 54. "It was just this big, dark menacing act of nature coming toward you. " The twister, which packed 200-mph winds, leveled neighborhoods and smashed into the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore. Officials said the death toll stands at 51, including several children, and was likely to rise.
April 16, 2012 |
The Clippers have won three of their four regular-season games against Oklahoma City, the top team in the Western Conference, including a 92-77 victory Monday evening at Staples Center. They trailed by as many as 11 points before a strong third-quarter push that began with a 6-0 run and finished with Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant both held scoreless. The teams entered the fourth quarter tied, 66-66. Then Blake Griffin and Mo Williams put on a show.
May 16, 2012 |
-- The Times' Mike Bresnahan explains why Kobe Bryant remained in high spirits following Tuesday's practice. -- The Times' Ben Bolch explains why Bryant and Derek Fisher have kept their friendship in check during this series. - -The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding mentions that Bryant will still guard Russell Westbrook. -- NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper mentions how the Lakers still have persisting issues guarding Westbrook. -- ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky looks at the various issues the Lakers need to correct in Game 2. -- Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe dissects Andrew Bynum's defense.
May 21, 2012 |
The Lakers' season, defined widely by inconsistency and inability, could finally end Monday night against Oklahoma City. The Lakers have blown two substantial fourth-quarter leads and trail the Thunder, 3-1, in the Western Conference semifinals. They're 0-3 at Chesapeake Energy Arena this season, which leaves them with ... hope? "Every game is a different story, as we experienced throughout the playoffs, so we're tuning in to this one and understanding that our life is on the line," Lakers forward Pau Gasol said Monday.
May 19, 2012 |
So, the Thunder want to force Kobe Bryant out of his game. Oklahoma City will double and triple team him to limit his dominance. The Thunder hopes the strategy will force him into a role as facilitator. The brash and aggressive combination of James Harden and Thabo Sefolosha try to goad the Lakers' star into needlessly throwing up shots. Oh, it works sometimes. Only three days ago, Bryant's fourth-quarter disappearance gave the Thunder a second victory in the Western Conference best-of-seven semifinal series.
March 5, 2010
CLIPPERS TONIGHT VS. OKLAHOMA CITY When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980. Records: Clippers 25-36, Thunder 36-24. Record vs. Thunder: 1-1. Update: The Clippers and the Thunder have each won on the other team's home court, with the Clippers pulling out a 101-93 victory when the teams last met Nov. 15 in Oklahoma City. The Thunder has won three of its last four games, moving into sixth place in the Western Conference standings, though it suffered a 29-point loss to Denver on Wednesday.