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December 13, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Hitting the road with a two-game losing streak, the Lakers (10-11) visit the Oklahoma City Thunder (17-4) on Friday night. The Thunder have won four in a row and 12 of their last 13 games. The Lakers will play without a true point guard with Steve Blake (elbow), Jordan Farmar (hamstring) and Steve Nash (back) all out with injuries.  Point guard duties will fall to Kobe Bryant, Xavier Henry and Jodie Meeks - all out of position. Key matchup Kobe Bryant has played just two games this season, averaging 14.5 points a game on 40% shooting from the field.  Clearly rusty, Bryant has 11 turnovers in 57 minutes, although most were in his debut against the Toronto Raptors.
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SPORTS
December 13, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
OKLAHOMA CITY - Pau Gasol found a new foe, aquamarine in color and sticking to him like nothing else. He stepped on chewing gum during postgame interviews in front of his locker and couldn't extricate it from the bottom of his shoe. Metaphor for the Lakers' season, anybody? The Lakers were a mess again, falling to the Oklahoma City Thunder, 122-97, Friday at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Bad things came in threes for the Lakers, who played without all three of their injured point guards and fell to 0-3 since Kobe Bryant's return.
SPORTS
December 12, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
Lakers AT OKLAHOMA CITY When: 5 PST. Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena. On the air: TV: ESPN, TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 10-11; Thunder 17-4. Record vs. Thunder (2012-13): 1-3. Update: Oklahoma City has won 12 of its last 13, including quality victories over the Clippers (105-91), Golden State (113-112), San Antonio (94-88) and Indiana (118-94). The Thunder hasn't lost at home since May 15, when it was ousted by Memphis in the playoffs.
BUSINESS
December 12, 2013 | By Ken Bensinger
Toyota Motor Corp. has opened talks to settle hundreds of state and federal lawsuits alleging that defects caused its vehicles to accelerate suddenly and crash, resulting in serious injuries and deaths. The decision to enter what the courts called an "intensive settlement process" could bring closure to plaintiffs who have been battling the world's largest automaker since 2009, and to Toyota, which already has spent as much as $2 billion in legal costs and suffered damage to its public reputation.
SPORTS
December 8, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - - The final Saturday of the first Bowl Championship Series season in 1998 ended with shocking losses by Kansas State and UCLA that turned the BCS on its ear hole. Wild endings in St. Louis and Miami that day put Tennessee and Florida State in the first title game. It seemed only right that the final Saturday of the last BCS season should match that chaotic conclusion. Well, it certainly tried. In the end, though, somehow, it sort of broke cleanly. How?
SPORTS
November 22, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
The Clippers again pointed to their inconsistent defense as they reflected on their 105-91 loss Thursday to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Having the second-best offense (107.3 points per game) in the NBA didn't save the Clippers on Thursday because their attack was sputtering too. They needed their defense to get stops, but that didn't happen enough. "We show moments of being good, of really looking like we all have it down and we're always there on rotations," Blake Griffin said.
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November 21, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
OKLAHOMA CITY - The challenge for the Clippers on Thursday night was to keep playing when they weren't at their best and to keep playing even though they were facing a tough Oklahoma City team. That turned out to be too tall of an order for the Clippers, who dropped a 105-91 decision to the Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Clippers never led. BOX SCORE: Oklahoma City 105, Clippers 91 They fell behind by 11 points in the first quarter, 13 in the second, 11 in the third and 15 in the fourth.
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November 19, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
Last week, the Clippers played the Minnesota Timberwolves and Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center, beating both teams in close games. Now the Clippers will see both the Timberwolves and Thunder this week in back-to-back games. By no means, Chris Paul said, will those games be easy. “It's tough, tough back-to-back games,” Paul said. “But ain't nobody going to feel sorry for us. Our schedule has been tough for us this season.” The Clippers play the Timberwolves to begin the back-to-back games Wednesday night in Minneapolis.
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