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Struggling stars switch team

Postby Durant35 on Tue Dec 18, 2012 3:15 am

Paul Millsap traded to the Bucks for Monta Ellis

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It was inevitable. We all know this would happen. Monta Ellis wouldn't thrive in a team if he's not getting the ball in his hands. Paul Millsap would eventually walk away if they let him go to free agency. So, what would be the best solution? Switch teams. The Jazz would receive a gifted scorer along Mo Williams and Paul Millsap would give the Bucks their needed Low Post Presence since Andrew Bogut, who is now with the Golden State Warriors. Raja Bell would balance out the Bucks' defense, which they have been lacking all season long. Meanwhile, the Jazz can take Doron as a prospect and develop him into the player they want him to be.

Bucks get:
F/C Paul Millsap
SG Raja Bell
2013 NBA Draft Pick

Jazz get:
SG Monta Ellis
G Doron Lamb

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Re: [45-9] Thunder: Team is One | Thunder breezes through

Postby hova- on Tue Dec 18, 2012 7:44 pm

Very interesting trade I have to say. Seeing Millsap in the East is cool, whilst Ellis and the Jazz does not really fit at all.
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Re: [45-9] Thunder: Team is One | Thunder breezes through

Postby Durant35 on Tue Dec 18, 2012 8:58 pm

I don't know what happened to the roster. All I did was modify some players, and now I'm getting these trades. :lol:
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Thunder extinguishes the Heat, 146-143

Postby Durant35 on Wed Dec 19, 2012 1:53 pm

Thunder survives Heat at home, win 146-143

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GAME RECAP | GAME STORY | TEAM STATS


Player of the Game: Kevin Durant (34 PTS, 13 REB, 9 AST, 1 STL and BLK)
Thunder Down Under Kevin Martin (29 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST and STL)
Thunder Protector: Russell Westbrook (18 PTS, 4 REB, 9 AST and 4 STL)

OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA - It seems the fans were in for a treat as the Thunder hosted the Heat just before the All-Star Game. But this game was much more thrilling than the latter. The Heat gained and early advantage on the boards and in points, resulting in a four-point lead after the first quarter. But that reversed as soon as the bench, including the 3-time scoring champion Durantula started the second quarter with a 13-4 run that sparked even the bench to raise their intensity.

The Heat were soundly beaten. Every player on the Heat were simply negated by the Thunder's defense. Despite trailing the first half, Wade and James were the light for the Heat, who had 48 and 35 respectively. But the balanced offense and defense of the Oklahoma City Thunder were too much, and restricted the other Heat players below 15 points. Wade and James were carrying them all throughout the night.

Came in the second half, where the Thunder collapsed at the third, and the Heat made a 20-8 run that saw the Thunder's lead diminish minute by minute. But Russell Westbrook couldn't back down from the challenge. He immediately put up 8 straight points, giving the Thunder a 9-point lead at the end of the third quarter. The game wasn't done yet though.

In the fourth, everything the Heat shot was on the line, as they outscored the Thunder 43-37. It seems the Thunder reverted back to their Finals form, where the Heat were shooting the lights out of them. Durant started the fourth cold, going for 0-for-4. James then did his damage by scoring 6, plus Wade's relentless dunks to the basket. They could pull out the "W".

5 minutes into the quarter, the Heat already led the game. There was no chance for a comeback it seems. But the Thunder has had enough. Coach Scott Brooks immediately sent in his best players and saw daylight, as the Thunder had it going. After an 10-0 run, the Thunder were back in the ball game. Score tied at 143. 5 seconds left. This is where everything counts. Scott Brooks called for a timeout and the Thunder ran the play they had used to beat the Dallas Mavericks a year ago during the early season.

Durant, catches the ball, LeBron, the King, guarding him. Durant goes for the catch-and-shoot, AND FIRES THE THREE-POINTER!!! DAGGER! WITH 0.7 SECONDS LEFT! THUNDER WINS! THUNDER WINS!

After the game, the media stormed out the players as soon as the Thunder extinguished the Heat by Durant's game-winning dagger. "Please explain the whole play!" said by the reporter. "I did what my instincts told me to." replied Kevin Durant. "What a great shot." said Perry Jones, who didn't play. "That's natural to him. He can make that all day long." stated Russell Westbrook, who finished the game with 18 points on 8-of-19, 4 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals.

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Re: [45-9] Thunder: Team is One | Thunder beats the Heat

Postby Phil89 on Wed Dec 19, 2012 7:02 pm

That's a pretty crazy scoreline for a non-overtime game. Great finish by Durant and great result too. :P
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Re: [45-9] Thunder: Team is One | Thunder beats the Heat

Postby hova- on Wed Dec 19, 2012 8:24 pm

Crazy game, but perimetre defense seems non-existent on your highlights. A bit arcadish, but I don't mind, as long as you have fun ;)
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Re: [45-9] Thunder: Team is One | Thunder beats the Heat

Postby Durant35 on Wed Dec 19, 2012 8:44 pm

Phil89 wrote:That's a pretty crazy scoreline for a non-overtime game. Great finish by Durant and great result too. :P

Thanks! Liking your dynasty too!

I was like, "Is this the All-Star Game?!"

hova- wrote:Crazy game, but perimetre defense seems non-existent on your highlights. A bit arcadish, but I don't mind, as long as you have fun ;)

Zero and Trey5 is too fast for them you see. :lol:

Just joking. Any idea on how to raise them? I'm still trying to perfect my slider. Hehehe... :mrgreen:

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Re: [45-9] Thunder: Team is One | Thunder beats the Heat

Postby mrmoves20 on Thu Dec 20, 2012 7:47 am

Was this game on TNT or ESPN? Didn't see it, must've been a fun game to watch. Nice win, Durant35!
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Re: [45-9] Thunder: Team is One | Thunder beats the Heat

Postby Durant35 on Thu Dec 20, 2012 11:31 am

mrmoves20 wrote:Was this game on TNT or ESPN? Didn't see it, must've been a fun game to watch. Nice win, Durant35!


Thanks bro!

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All-Star Weekend is here! Day 1 to Day 3 Predictions!

Postby Durant35 on Thu Dec 20, 2012 12:33 pm

ALL-STAR WEEKEND!

DAY 1:

Rising Stars:
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DAY 2:

All-Star 3-Point Contest
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All-Star Dunk Contest
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DAY 3:

All-Star Game
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Anybody wanna put their two cents and guess the winners? Just for fun!

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I've also updated the first post with my Draft Class Form. Fill it up if you wanna be on my draft class.
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Re: [45-9] Thunder: Team is One | All-Star Weekend!

Postby Durant35 on Thu Dec 20, 2012 10:31 pm

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Code: Select all
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Re: [45-9] Thunder: Team is One | All-Star Weekend!

Postby mrmoves20 on Fri Dec 21, 2012 10:49 am

Name: Ray Nambayan
Birthday: November 20th, 1993
Position: SG/PG
Play Style: Scoring
College: Just put any (preferably Duke or Kentucky)
Play Types: P&R Ballhandler, Isolation, Cutter
Height and Weight: 6'6", 205 lbs

Description: (What do I put here???) :)

Deserved Rating: 70-75 (because he could be a young D-Wade or Kobe)

Strengths[3]: Good shot creator, DEFENSE , great clutch player
Weaknesses[3]: Post game, athleticism, rebounding

Miscellaneous: (Shot Base and Form, and other necessary things) Release 42, Jumpshot 26. Black, right shooting sleeve and two black hex pads.
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Re: [45-9] Thunder: Team is One | All-Star Weekend!

Postby Durant35 on Fri Dec 21, 2012 12:05 pm

Sorry 'bout that. I forgot to take that out. :D

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Day 1 and Day 2: Rising Stars and Contests

Postby Durant35 on Fri Dec 21, 2012 1:16 pm

Rising Stars Challenge

STARS: 28 | 26 | 16 | 29 | 99
ELITES: 17 | 20 | 14 | 26 | 77

Rising Stars MVP: Damian Lillard (18 PTS, 6 REB, 3 AST, 3 STL and 1 TO)

It seems our rookies and sophomores have a different game in mind. All-Star games were all about offense and probably showing off your most spectacular dunk or move. But our rising stars felt different. Defense was felt throughout the game, and everybody was serious about getting the W. All of the guys had missed shots due to great defensive plays. On the Elites' side, Jonas Valanciunas led the defensive plays with 3 blocks and 11 rebounds, while Dion Waiters scored a game-high 21 points but on 7-of-20 shooting performance.

Kenneth Faried probably had the best field goal percentage throughout the whole game, 8-11 for 20 points. Enes Kanter also didn't disappoint by getting a double-double close to Jonas' stat line, 11 points and 10 rebounds, 4 of those were offensive rebounds. Meanwhile, Klay Thompson filled up the stat sheet by having 11 points, 5 rebounds and assists, 1 steal, block and turnover.



3-Point Contest and Dunk Contest

3-Point Contest Winner: Ryan Anderson

Ryan Anderson wasn't going to take any jokes and shot the ball precisely, as if he was in clutch time. Not that he was ever known to perform in such situations, but certainly, without a hand in his face, he'll drain those shots. And drain he did. Racks; 3 (w/Money Ball), 4 (w/Money Ball), 4, 5 and 3.

Dunk Contest: James White

James White was clearly the underdog, as he and Wesley Johnson faced the dunk champions of the last two years, namely Blake Griffin and Jeremy Evans. But White came out on top, as he dunked over Carmelo Anthony, while performing a pump in the air. We likely have a new "Highness".
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Day 3: ALL-STAR GAME

Postby Durant35 on Fri Dec 21, 2012 2:27 pm

2013 All-Star Game in Houston

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All-Star Game MVP: Kevin Durant

GAME RECAP | GAME STORY | TEAM STATS | WEST PERFORMERS | EAST PERFORMERS


HOUSTON, TEXAS – It was definitely a thrilling game. Like the rookies and sophomores, it wasn't all offense. The all-stars strayed from the orthodox All-Star Game where it's purely offense and showing off at the first half, then kicking the gear in the second. No, this All-Star Game could be the best one yet. Kevin Durant led all the stars in terms of scoring, by getting 34 Points on 16-of-27 shooting, not his usual stats, but nevertheless, it was awesome.

Kevin Love nicely contributed to the offense, packing up the whole night making 90% of his 10 shots. Accompanying it is his 6 rebounds (3 offensive) and 2 assists. Dwight Howard had the double-double by scoring 17 points and racking up 11 rebounds (4 offensive). Meanwhile, Kobe was his usual mamba self. 10-of-17, 22 points, 2 boards and 2 assists. Westbrook also achieved his All-Star High in assists by making 18, along with his 10 points and 5 rebounds.

On the other side, the East did not back down. Carmelo scored 23 Points on an efficient 11 shots in 16 attempts. He also had 1 rebound and block, 3 assists and 3 steals. Derrick Rose also had the double-double, 18 points and 10 assists, with 7 rebounds. It looks like he's coming back to his form last year before he was injured. Andrew Bynum had 20 points and 6 rebounds, while Paul Pierce, who came off the bench, scored 15 points, 77.8%, 7-9. LeBron James had 14 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists.

His presence wasn't felt until the 3rd quarter, where he propelled the team by scoring his first 7 points, and led the team to score 30 points in the quarter. But it wasn't enough, as the West powered through the East behind Durant's 34, and finally ending the game, 125-138.

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Up Next: OKC gets a 2-day break in Houston, then takes on the Rockets. Then 3 home games against Minnesota, Chicago and the Hornets.

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K-Mart looking for the extension

Postby Durant35 on Fri Dec 21, 2012 10:13 pm

Kevin Martin reportedly wants a $25M/3yrs deal

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In a league where young bloods conquer, players who are 30 years and above are called "veterans" and "old", and are sometimes ignored. But how about Kevin Martin? Despite turning 30, his motor and his body is still cut out to be great and he contributes to the offense efficiently. It is still unsure whether the Oklahoma City Thunder are to sign him to an extension, or wait for the off-season.

The veteran guard is reportedly asking for a $25 million deal in three years, just about the same as Kendrick Perkins' contract, who is rumored to be traded at the end of the season, during or after the draft. "I love the Oklahoma City fans and I love the Thunder. We're like a family here, and I hope we can propel to success even more." Martin stated after watching his teammates Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook play in the All-Star Game.

Kevin Martin is averaging 28 minutes per game with the Thunder, and scoring 17.5 points in an efficient 42.4% from the field. He also brings out 3.7 rebounds and approximately 2 assists per game.



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Thunder strikes the Rocket, 121-113

Postby Durant35 on Fri Dec 21, 2012 10:52 pm

Lamb and Durant spark Thunder, beats Houston

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GAME RECAP | GAME STORY | TEAM STATS


Player of the Game: Kevin Durant (42 PTS, 10 REB, 3 AST, 1 STL and 3 BLK)
Thunder Down Under: Jeremy Lamb (17 PTS, 7 REB, 1 AST and 2 STL)
Thunder Protector: Kevin Martin (27 PTS, 5 REB, 1 STL and BLK)

After coming off a thrilling weekend and being crowned All-Star MVP for the second time, Durant took his talents back to the court where everything matters. Despite Harden's double-double of 27 points and 12 rebounds, the Thunder came out on top. Oklahoma City shot 45% from the field and drained 40% of their three-pointers, which is clearly what the Rockets have weakness against.

Everything was close, from rebounds to turnovers, but the final score was the tiebreaker. Durant scored 42 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while dishing out 3 assists. Even when the Rockets got the production they needed from their stars, Durant just shot the lights out of them. Kevin Martin also shot 50% from the field, 10-of-20, that gave way to the early lead.

Jeremy Lamb was also a big help coming off the bench from the Thunder, as he hit 6 of his 11 shots, all of it were timely shots. He became the spark plug as Westbrook had gone cold during the match. Westbrook finished with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists, but had the team-high 5 turnovers.

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Thunder survives thriller at home versus the Wolves

Postby Durant35 on Fri Dec 21, 2012 10:53 pm

Durant's first triple-double leads them past Wolves, 129-124

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GAME RECAP | GAME STORY | TEAM STATS


Player of the Game: Kevin Durant (29 PTS, 12 REB, 11 AST, 3 STL and 1 BLK)
Thunder Down Under: Russell Westbrook (Career-High 48 PTS, 2 REB, 4 AST and 3 STL)
Thunder Protector: Serge Ibaka (7 PTS, 10 REB - 6 OFF, 2 AST, 3 STL and 1 BLK)

Two days after dismantling the Houston Rockets, the Oklahoma City Thunder returns home to OKC, and played the Wolves at Chesapeake Energy Arena. But the win didn't come easy as always. It was like the 2OT game last year, shots were fired everywhere, players going back and forth, but the one who came out on top is the Thunder. Behind Westbrook and Durant, the league's best 1-2 punch combo.

These two kept feeding each other, resulting in great achievements by them both. After spending six seasons, Durant finally got his first triple-double. 29 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high 11 assists. Flirting with 45 points below didn't satisfy Thunder Guard Russell Westbrook, as he scored a career-high 48 points on 29 shots (17-of-29, 58.6%).

Kevin Durant wasn't hitting his usual stats, but filled up the stat sheet differently. It was a different Kevin Durant. He grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out 11 assists. He also hit 4 of his 7 3-pointers. Finally, defense made the day complete, as blocks were seen from OKC throughout the whole game, with the block by Lockdown Specialist Thabo Sefolosha against Ricky Rubio's game-winner attempt as the exclamation point.

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Re: [45-9] Thunder: Team is One | All-Star Weekend Finished!

Postby Woogie98 on Sat Dec 22, 2012 1:02 am

Is it too late to enter the draft????
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Re: [45-9] Thunder: Team is One | All-Star Weekend Finished!

Postby Martti. on Sat Dec 22, 2012 1:31 am

I'd say extend Martin, perhaps offer him another year or a player option so he'd ask a little less annually. And trade Perkins now to a team with cap space for a decent center who makes less.
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Re: [45-9] Thunder: Team is One | All-Star Weekend Finished!

Postby Durant35 on Sat Dec 22, 2012 2:30 am

Woogie98 wrote:Is it too late to enter the draft????

Nope! I'll be using the NLSC Draft Class for Year 2.

Martti. wrote:I'd say extend Martin, perhaps offer him another year or a player option so he'd ask a little less annually. And trade Perkins now to a team with cap space for a decent center who makes less.


Nice offer ya got there! I might trade Perk for draft picks though, I've been eyeing Mason Plumlee. Athletic Bigman. :D
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Thunder wins by a blow-out versus Chicago, 117-99

Postby Durant35 on Sat Dec 22, 2012 9:23 pm

Thunder blasts Chicago behind Westbrook's 30

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GAME RECAP | GAME STORY | TEAM STATS


Player of the Game: Russell Westbrook (30 PTS, 2 REB, 6 AST, 4 STL and 2 BLK)
Thunder Down Under: Kevin Durant (22 PTS, 5 REB, 9 AST and 1 STL)
Thunder Protector: Nick Collison (8 PTS, 10 REB and 1 AST)

OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA - Coming into the game, the Thunder were tired and simply had no energy. The Rose-less Bulls had been keeping up with the whole first quarter. At the start of the second quarter, it sparked. The bench started scoring and swishing almost every shot, but it was still close. It seems the Bulls wouldn't back down and were looking for the win.

But Nick and Serge didn't let the Bulls have their way, as the two scored almost half of the team's 32 points in the third quarter, and held the Bulls to 17 points by contesting every shot. Finally, Russell Westbrook exploded and added his own 12 points to finish the quarter. The Thunder had pulled away from the Bulls and looked to finish the game. And finish they did.



Up Next: Final game for February against the Hornets at home.

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OKC vs NOH: 104-110 - L

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February Recap

Postby Durant35 on Mon Dec 24, 2012 2:42 pm

February Recap


An exciting month it has been for the Thunder, as they finished 10-1. Despite being given by the Hornets their 10th loss of the season, we can be sure that the Oklahoma City Thunder will be bouncing back on their next games. It has also been decided by the management that they will not extend Kevin Martin until the off-season, as they will look on how he performs during the playoffs.

Thunder All-Stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook participated in the All-Star Game, and Durant took home the MVP trophy for the second time. Former Thunder Sixth Man of the Year James Harden was snubbed and it was Jeremy Lin who participated. Toney Douglas will become a Restricted Free Agent at the end of the season, while Nolan Smith is ineligible for an extension, but we would like him to be resigned at the off-season.

Sources have said that the Thunder will be trading Kendrick Perkins and Kenyon Martin for either draft picks, or rookies, and if possible, a more athletic Bigman who can space the floor, and is a perfect fit for the Thunder.

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Denver gets beat at home, 123-115

Postby Durant35 on Mon Dec 24, 2012 3:16 pm

Westbrook's big night gets the best of Denver

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Player of the Game: Russell Westbrook (31 PTS, 3 REB, 10 AST and 2 STL)
Thunder Down Under: Serge Ibaka (13 PTS, 11 REB, 2 BLK and 1 STL)
Thunder Protector: Kevin Durant (38 PTS, 7 REB, and 3 AST)

PEPSI CENTER - The Thunder came in losing their last game to the New Orleans Pelicans, and we did expect that they will bounce back. And they did, and did it hard. The score wasn't close during the first quarter, but the Thunder bench pulled closer during the second quarter, and eventually tying at the end of the half.

Despite the lack of production from Kevin Durant and Kevin Martin during the first half, it seems that the Thunder breezed by through Serge Ibaka, who also had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Again, it was close after the third, but Kevin Durant came back, and immediately sparked a 10-2 run at the start of the fourth quarter. Russell Westbrook eventually led the way and torched the Nuggets and pulled way. The game was over. Overall, there was simply no way the Thunder would fall to the Nuggets.

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Re: [47-10] Thunder: Team is One | Feb. Recap! OKC@DEN!

Postby mrmoves20 on Tue Dec 25, 2012 11:01 am

Are you really going to trade Perk?
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Re: [47-10] Thunder: Team is One | Feb. Recap! OKC@DEN!

Postby Durant35 on Wed Dec 26, 2012 1:01 am

Probably. He slows me down when the teams I'm facing up against teams that are using small-ball lineups, especially the Heat. I do use him against the Lakers and other traditionally line-up teams though, still coming off the bench.
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Clippers humiliated on Home Floor, 122-108

Postby Durant35 on Wed Dec 26, 2012 1:22 pm

Clippers cries at Staples, Thunder blows by, 122-108

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GAME RECAP | GAME STORY | TEAM STATS


Player of the Game: Russell Westbrook (21 PTS, 8 REB, 14 AST and 2 STL)
Thunder Down Under: Kevin Durant (29 PTS, 9 REB, 2 AST)
Thunder Protector: Serge Ibaka (8 PTS, 5 REB, 4 AST and 2 BLK)

STAPLES CENTER, LOS ANGELES - It was pretty much over at the end of the first half. The CP3-less Clippers trailed by 12 points, and no matter what they do, OKC would render it futile. The Oklahoma City Thunder made easy work of the Clippers, easily disposing them by scoring, making defensive plays and sharing the ball. Kevin Durant led the way with 29 points, shooting 11-of-20 and an astounding 100% (3 attempts) in the three-point land.

Despite getting 32 points from Jamal Crawford, the Los Angeles Clippers had a pretty rough night. Serge Ibaka both blocked his [J. Crawford] momentum-changing shots. Either way, even if the Clippers somehow led the game at some point, The Thunder would just rout back and end the game in style, with the "W" of course, as the Thunder played their best game where everything was clicking.

"We have to play like this every game, whether we're trailing or leading." stated Scott Brooks, who's already looking for the action at home versus the Lakers. The bench played the whole fourth quarter, by that point, the game was already over.

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I've already decided to trade Perk, in the off-season though. He's basically robbing me. Whether in simulation or played games, he plays poorly. Then he has that massive 3yr/$25M extension. If it weren't for that, the Thunder could've extended James Harden with a 4yr/$55M deal. Why would I trade him though? He's ineffective in small-ball lineups, a lineup which a Small Forward will play the 4 spot, with the 4 taking the 5. Either there are two SFs, or two SGs. Perk is a legit center, and big. And by big I mean slow. Slow players can't guard quicker players than them.
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Thunder shifts focus to NYK

Postby Durant35 on Wed Dec 26, 2012 4:47 pm

Thunder fall to Lakers at home, 134-129

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Player of the Game: Dwight Howard (27 PTS, 18 REB - 6 OFF, 2 AST, 3 STL and 2 BLK)
Thunder Down Under: Russell Westbrook (41 PTS, 7 REB, 13 AST and 3 STL)
Thunder Killer: Kobe Bryant (25 PTS, 4 REB, 5 AST and 3 STL)

CHESAPEAKE ENERGY ARENA - After trying to pull his team back from the game, Russell Westbrook dropped to the floor as they came out of the game. The Thunder lost despite his 41-point effort along with the 13 assists, 3 shy from tying his career-high. The Lakers forced Overtime and won the game back through Kobe's clutch fallaway three pointer, giving his Lakers the lead 132-129 with 7 seconds left.

Scott Brooks called a timeout. He designed a play for Durant, but it was Westbrook who took the last shot with a three. Clank, clank. The ball falls, rimming out. The Lakers rebounded the ball and the Thunder quickly fouls Steve Nash, who hits both free-throws, ending the game. Westbrook and Durant stormed out of the locker room and Westbrook did not talk to the media and Durant.

"They were the better team, we just gotta have more winning instinct next time." stated Scott Brooks. "It hurts, it hurts man. After our efforts... Man." stated Durant. "I'll definitely shoot till my arms fall off, just like in the Finals last year." he added and stood up, walking out. Had they won, they already secured a playoff spot.

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Re: [49-11] Thunder: Team is One | Lake Show and Lob City!

Postby Durant35 on Wed Dec 26, 2012 10:16 pm

2013 NBA Draft Scouted Prospects


Archie Goodwin, SG Prospect Board Rank: 21
C.J. Leslie, SF Prospect Board Rank: 14
Doug McDermott, SF Prospect Board Rank: 25
Myck Kabongo, PG Prospect Board Rank: 22
Patric Young, PF/C Prospect Board Rank: 2nd Round
Isaiah Austin, C Prospect Board Rank: 23
Mason Plumlee, PF Prospect Board Rank: 20
C.J. McCollum, G Prospect Board Rank: 27
Rudy Gobert, C Prospect Board Rank: 2nd Round

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Re: [49-11] Thunder: Team is One | Lake Show and Lob City!

Postby mrmoves20 on Thu Dec 27, 2012 1:43 am

High scoring games, indeed.
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Re: [49-11] Thunder: Team is One | Lake Show and Lob City!

Postby Durant35 on Thu Dec 27, 2012 2:40 am

Raising the difficulty didn't change the stat line. :lol: Now playing on superstar level.
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Re: [49-11] Thunder: Team is One | Lake Show and Lob City!

Postby hova- on Thu Dec 27, 2012 2:46 am

Wow sick game by Westbrook, but the Lakers were too much. It's good to see some losses though making it more realistic. High scores are normal in the real NBA, too.
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Re: [49-11] Thunder: Team is One | Lake Show and Lob City!

Postby Durant35 on Thu Dec 27, 2012 12:08 pm

Kobe's still clutch, that damned 3-pointer fadeaway of his. TT-TT

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OKC comes up big in New York

Postby Durant35 on Thu Dec 27, 2012 2:09 pm

Oklahoma City breezes through Knicks behind Durant's 53

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Player of the Game: Kevin Durant (53 PTS, 12 REB - 3 OFF, 4 AST and 1 BLK)
Thunder Down Under: Russell Westbrook (38 PTS, 4 REB, 12 AST and 1 STL)
Thunder Protector: Thabo Sefolosha (14 PTS, 6 REB, 3 AST, 4 STL and 1 BLK)

MADISON SQUARE GARDEN - The Thunder finished the game in the first quarter. Yes, the first quarter, as the score was superbly apart. The Knicks weren't hitting any shots, and was in complete despair. Carmelo Anthony's scored his first 5 points 6 minutes into the second quarter. The Thunder's defense was amazing, and they prevented the Knicks from taking easy wide open shots. Every time the ball went up the air, there was a hand in a Knicks player's face.

But coming into the second quarter, New York finally decided not to let Oklahoma City have their own way. The Knicks sparked a 14-7 run that allowed them to catch up and cut the lead to 11 at the end of the third quarter. The bench and the Knicks were fired up despite being tired running all around the court. At the start of the fourth quarter, the Thunder's bench played and they played great.

Kevin Durant then subbed back in when the lead was cut down to 5 and the Thunder immediately went to a 16-4 run with Durant's rebounding and offensive output that put the Thunder over the Knicks at the end of the game. Durant scored a game-high and career-high 53 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. He attempted 31 shots and made 20, plus the 100%, 10-of-10 free throws made. He also made 3 of his 4 three-pointers, which were huge, momentum-changing shots. He shot a ridiculous 64.5% from the field.

Meanwhile, his sidekick, Russell Westbrook, was 2 points away from repeating history. Like last year, the duo were supposed to score 50 and 40 respectively, just as they did with the Nuggets. Westbrook scored 38 points and dished out 12 assists on the win, while shooting 13-of-19 and making 10 of his 11 free throws. This game also serves as Durant's second 50-point game.

"Man, everything was clicking. I never imagined I'd achieve this again." said Durant after being question by the media. Just after he made the dunk that gave him 53, he ran over to the sidelines where his mother Wanda Pratt and his brother Tony Durant were and gave them hugs. He was then joined by his teammates who were happy for him. "I'm not surprised. He can do that every night." said his partner, Russell Westbrook.

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Breezing through Boston | Spurs throws out Thunder

Postby Durant35 on Fri Dec 28, 2012 7:16 pm

Thunder scores 30+ per quarter, dismantles Celtics

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Player of the Game: Kevin Durant (38 PTS, 8 REB, 4 AST, 1 STL and 1 BLK)
Thunder Down Under: Russell Westbrook (17 PTS, 3 REB, 9 AST and 2 STL)
Thunder Protector: Kevin Martin (21 PTS, 7 REB, 4 AST, 1 STL and 2 BLK)

CHESAPEAKE ENERGY ARENA - The Thunder were looking into extending their winning streak when they returned home, where they stand 24-7. They added another "W" to the column by winning against the struggling Celtics, 106-126. All Thunder Players scored at least two points and grabbed one rebound. This shows how dominating the growing Oklahoma City Thunder is.

The Celtics struggled mightily from the field, only converting 20% of their 10 three-pointers and was undoubtedly out-rebounded on the defensive end. Despite getting the advantage in steals, the Celts' again were defeated in offensive rebounding, as they only had 7, compared to OKC's 14, 5 from Serge Ibaka, who grabbed 12 rebounds and had 5 assists, plus two blocks and a steal.

The Boston Celtics clearly made a statement during the first quarter by leading the game by 6, but the Thunder responded with their own exclamation part and won the second, limiting the C's to 19 points while scoring 33 for their own. Then they wouldn't look back and finish the game. All Thunder Players logged in minutes and picked the Celtics apart like they were toys.

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Thunder gets cooled off by Spurs, 134-113

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Player of the Game: Tony Parker (18 PTS, 6 REB, 13 AST and 2 STL)
Thunder Down Under: Kevin Durant (41 PTS, 12 REB, 12 AST and 2 STL)
Thunder Killer: Stephen Jackson (25 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST and 3 STL)

AT&T Center - It was Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, when the Thunder played the Spurs at home. Kevin Durant finished with 27 points and came up short on the comeback. This game was like it. The Thunder was planning on staging a comeback during the fourth quarter, but despite Kevin Durant's triple-double, the second of his career after having scored 53 versus the Knicks three games earlier, it wasn't enough.

Durant had tried everything but that everything didn't convert into points. He saw as the Thunder was picked apart by the Spurs who defeated them during Game 1 and Game 2 of the Conference Finals last year. Westbrook and Kevin Martin both disappeared and the Thunder Offense was left into the hands of Durant and Ibaka, who combined for 61 points. Keep in mind that Manu Ginobili was out for the season with a Torn MCL.

The Thunder had cut the lead to 7, 6 minutes into the fourth quarter, and looked ready for the kill. Then come in Stephen Jackson, drove into the paint, getting everything he wanted, therefore sealing the win. The Spurs had scored 80 points in the pain compared to the Thunder's 56. Everything was chaotic for the Thunder; missed assignments, finger pointing, criticizing. Their coveted chemistry had disappeared. "It's games like these is what I hate." stated Kevin Durant, who shot 14-of-30, and was the only one who was trying to make the comeback possible.

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Postby Durant35 on Fri Dec 28, 2012 7:45 pm

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- In the Western Conference, we again see teams who have been in the playoffs for the last 5 years. The most surprising thing is that the Minnesota Timberwolves made the playoff race at this time, whereas they did not, a season ago. It must have been the production from Ricky Rubio and its All-Star Bigman Kevin Love. The Lakers, despite their early season struggles, managed to get to the number two seed but have not locked it yet.

Meanwhile, western powerhouse Oklahoma City Thunder already secured theirs with the win over the Knicks, where we saw Kevin Durant post up a career-high 53 points.The Clippers, even though they had gained the name the best in the west in the early parts of the season, is now fighting to get the 8th Seed and stay above .500. James Harden has also lifted his Rockets to the sixth seed, and we may see them facing off against his former team on the second round.



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- It's here in East is the most surprising. THE BOBCATS HAVE MADE THE PLAYOFF RACE AND IS CURRENTLY PLACED IN THE 5TH SEED. Trailing them is the New York Knicks, the Toronto Raptors, who are another booming team, and the Indiana Pacers. The Celtics however, did not make the playoff race and is currently seated 3rd to the last in the Eastern Conference.

It is not also surprising that we're seeing the Miami Heat on top, like their western counterpart. The defending champs are looking to secure their spot when they win in their next game. The Bulls too, even though Derrick Rose didn't play for the 3 early months, Chicago managed to get the number 2 seed, but is 11.5 games back from the Miami Heat. Derrick Rose had also quit his sneaker brand Adidas and signed a new one with the Jordan Brand. We may see him wearing retros.
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Jeremy Lamb's 29 points too much for Jazz

Postby Durant35 on Sun Dec 30, 2012 3:53 pm

Jeremy's 29 bolsters through Jazz

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Player of the Game: Kevin Durant (45 PTS, 8 REB and 6 AST)
Thunder Down Under: Jeremy Lamb (29 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST and 1 STL)
Thunder Protector: Russell Westbrook (16 PTS, 6 REB, 9 AST, 2 SLT and 1 BLK)

It won't be much of a fight when you find the Thunder rolling. Every shot swooshed through the basket, and even though the bench was playing, it seems like you're against the starters. Monta Ellis carried his team and exploded for 46 points but shot poorly from the field, missing 20 of his 38 shot attempts and 2-of-7 from beyond the arc. The Thunder seemingly did not put their foot on the brakes and kept scoring.

Jeremy Lamb had a career night as he scored 29 points and provided a spark off the bench when the starters came out of the game to rest. 4 of his points came from dunks. Dunks that posterized opposing players such as Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors, who was dunked on twice by the same Jeremy. Meanwhile, Kevin Durant quietly scored 45 and grabbed 8 rebounds while dishing out 6 assists in 33 minutes. It was one of the games where KD is simply being KD.

Nick Collison also provided the rebounding favor needed to decapitate the Jazz. He got OKC those extra possessions with his 12 rebounds performance, 5 were offensive boards. 5 Thunder players scored in double-digits, with a minimum points of 12. Nolan Smith also provided the touch when needed. Westbrook, despite his off-night, was superb while hitting those passes that converted into Thunderous points. The Jazz rallied on the fourth but OKC was too damn good.

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Re: [53-12] Thunder: Team is One | Jeremy Lamb poster dunks!

Postby Phil89 on Sun Dec 30, 2012 4:44 pm

Durant and Ellis going at it. :o

Nice dunks by Lamb. I played a couple of games with the Thunder on 2k13 and Lamb seems to have a really great 3pt shot. He was nailing shots from everywhere outside the arc. :P
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Thunder cruises through Magic in a high-scoring game

Postby Durant35 on Sun Dec 30, 2012 11:19 pm

Thunder cruises past Orlando

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Player of the Game: Russell Westbrook (46 PTS, 1 REB, 10 AST and 5 STL)
Thunder Down Under: Kevin Durant (31 PTS, 11 REB, 6 AST and 1 STL)
Thunder Protector: Kevin Martin (27 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST and 2 STL)

OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA - It seems that the outcome of the game has already been decided 5 minutes into the game itself. The Thunder immediately went on a 10-to-nothing run, and never looked back. They didn't relinquish the lead too, as it stayed like that the whole game. Even Coach Scott Brooks took the backseat and let his players roll.

Russell Westbrook, despite playing 40 minutes, had fun and just wanted to play. Other players had minutes normally, and everything was clicking. The Thunder easily dominated the Magic and weren't going to lose at all to the league's second-worst team. The quote for the day, "Another day, another win." Yes, it was that normal. Even the bench didn't have a hard time handling Jameer Nelson and the other Magic players.

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Re: [54-12] Thunder: Team is One | Thunder vs. Magic!

Postby Woogie98 on Mon Dec 31, 2012 5:32 am

Wow..You are just on a tear!! Everyone scores so much...It's unbelievable!! :applaud:

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Name: Antonio Rivera
Birthday: 3/5/92
Position: PG
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College: Florida International
Play Types: P&R Ball Handler
Height and Weight: 6'2 187

Deserved Rating: (Explain why you deserve that rating, it will affect your potential and your range in the draft.) 69-76 I see him as a young Derrick Rose.. Very explosive but can't shoot.

Strengths[3]: Athleticism, Ball Handling
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Durant nets triple-double for the 3rd time!

Postby Durant35 on Mon Dec 31, 2012 12:04 pm

Durant, Thunder smoke Dallas on the road

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Player of the Game: Kevin Durant (33 PTS, 10 REB, 10 AST and 3 BLK)
Thunder Down Under: Russell Westbrook (17 PTS, 3 REB, 7 AST and 1 STL)
Thunder Protector: Serge Ibaka (16 PTS, 6 REB - 2 OFF, 1 AST and 1 STL)

This is what the Thunder look when they're at their highest peak. They grill teams, and grill them hard. Judging by the score, which is 127-83, the Oklahoma City Thunder didn't have a hard time beating their opponents who eliminated them from the playoffs two postseasons ago. They held the entire Mavericks squad to 83 points on 37% Field Goal Percentage, which is 36-of-97 shot attempts.

Again, Coach Scott Brooks trusted his players and let them have fun. Kevin Durant became the coach and Russell Westbrook drew up plays that put them on the top. The opposing starters combined for 35 points, 10 points short on what the Thunder's bench gave tonight. "Everything just clicked." stated Kevin Durant, who had his 3rd career and season triple-double. "I bet no one's gonna argue that KD's the MVP!" shouted Westbrook, as they were questioned in the locker room. The others quickly laughed out loud. "Oh c'mon Russ. Shut up!" replied Durant.

This marks as the best season for the Thunder and to its players. As soon as Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka and Kevin Martin came out of the game, they got the bench and themselves in a circle, finishing the game with a group hug. It's like they won a season series. We can expect these kind of performances during the playoffs, but for now, finish the season.

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Serge scores career-high 36 points in thriller!

Postby Durant35 on Mon Dec 31, 2012 3:34 pm

Thunder narrowly escape Denver, 124-123

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Player of the Game: Russell Westbrook (30 PTS, 5 REB, 9 AST and 5 STL)
Thunder Down Under: Serge Ibaka (36 PTS, 8 REB, 3 AST and 1 BLK)
Thunder Protector: Kevin Durant (19 PTS, 7 REB, 4 AST and 1 STL)

Air Congo has landed. Landed on Denver's face to be precise. The Thunder Forward scored a career-high 36 points, including going 3-4 from deep. We knew how Ibaka's offensive prowess would evolve, and in this game, he clearly showcased his talents. He and Russell Westbrook was Oklahoma City's life during the game, as they trailed most of the game. Serge Ibaka went 15-of-29 from the field, and Westbrook was 10-of-21.

This game reminded us and Serge Ibaka with the 11-of-11, 26-point performance he did in the Western Conference Finals series against the Spurs. He was hitting jumpshot after jumpshot. Lays it in or dunkin' the rock. Should the Big 3 of Oklahoma City go into their primes, this might be the stat line we may see every game. Russell Westbrook was the one who sparked the Thunder Offense, 6 minutes into the fourth quarter. He started a 13-6 run and the Thunder had it kicking. And as soon as the game was on the line...

Kevin Durant saved them as he hit the 3-pointer that put them up by one with a minute left in the game. On the next Denver possession, he blocked Wilson Chandler's layup and it ended the game. Kevin Durant was mostly missing from the fight, as he wasn't getting good looks and often passed the ball. The results, hitting 6 shots of his 11 attempts. Yes, 11. This is the first time in history of the OKC that the superstar and captain only took 11 shots and made 6.

Kevin Martin, who started, was a big help, scoring 15 points and provided timely shots. He also grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Nick Collison had fouled out of the game, but had 6 points and grabbed 9 rebounds, 3 of it were offensive ones. The whole team however, was clearly outplayed by Denver and wouldn't have won if it weren't for the big 3-pointer Kid Clutch made.

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Durant puts up a record, haunts Grizzlies!

Postby Durant35 on Mon Dec 31, 2012 9:50 pm

Durant scores 65 points, rallies through 4th, upsets Grizzlies

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Player of the Game: Kevin Durant (65 PTS, 15 REB - 3 OFF, 3 AST, 1 STL and 1 BLK)
Thunder Down Under: Nick Collison (12 PTS, 13 REB - 4 OFF, 3 AST and 3 STL)
Thunder Protector: Nolan Smith (9 PTS, 4 REB and 3 AST)

FED-EX FORUM - It was a painful sight to see. The Thunder trailed the whole game by 10. Nothing was coming out even if they got good looks and tempo. Just as when the Thunder pulled closer during the fourth, Memphis would put on a run. Russell Westbrook had his last breath, and was fouled out 4 minutes into the fourth. Serge Ibaka was missing shots and Kevin Martin went cold after getting blocked on his first shot of the fourth.

The giant Memphis was eating Oklahoma City, devouring every aspect they could use. They out-rebounded them, put up 33 assists compared to their 25. Getting 6 steals, then stealing the ball 6 more times after Oklahoma got 6 themselves. The Thunder were ready to give up. The Grizzlies' Big 3 were just too overwhelming for them today. Except for one man.

The Thunder were clearly heartbroken, it was like the feeling when they lost to the Heat in Game 5 of the 2012 NBA Finals. But one man has had enough, he wanted to win. He wanted it that bad. He doesn't want to waste his teammates' efforts. "Coach, just run it through me. I'll make this happen." said the man donning the Thunder Blue Jersey with the number 35.

"Are you sure?" Scott asked. This man, also known as Kevin Durant, scored 29 points in 8 minutes. He drew fouls, hit big shots, got the stops they wanted, and in a flash, the Thunder are back in the game and won it.

The Zach-less Memphis roster was stunned and immediately walked out after the game. Good game, well played. Kevin Durant then looked at the scoreboard after the final buzzer had sounded, while being embraced, and hit on the head by his teammates, who're clearly happy because of his efforts. After a reporter interviewed him and said he had 65 points, he answered "I had 65? Man that's messed up!", then ran away to the locker room.

Durant broke the old Seattle Supersonics Record of 58 points, scored by Fred Brown on March 23, 1974. It has nearly been 39 years. Could Kevin Durant finally put his exclamation point and locked the MVP trophy? There is no doubt, he will be - no; He is the greatest scorer of all-time in NBA History.

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Challenge done my good sir. :lol:

Durant's full stats: 65 points - 20-36: 55.6% FG, 8-11: 72.7% 3FG, 17-19: 89.4% FT, 15 rebounds - 3 Offensive, 3 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 4 fouls and 7 turnovers in 44 minutes. +/- of +10
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Re: [57-12] Thunder: Team is One | Durant shatters record!

Postby mrmoves20 on Tue Jan 01, 2013 2:39 am

Wow. 51 in the 4th quarter, what a rally. And, I knew you could score like that with Durant. He's very efficient and you're having a terrific season so far.
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Around the League

Postby Durant35 on Wed Jan 02, 2013 5:25 pm

Simulated Games:

OKC @ ORL: 119-100 - W
OKC vs POR: 121-77 - W
OKC vs WAS: 130-107 - W

Record: 60-12

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Injury Report

March:

- Billups done for the season after taking a hit to the knee.
- Zach Randolph with Torn Meniscus, surgery for 2-4 weeks.
- Mario Chalmers lands on his wrist, broken and out for 6-8 weeks.
- Vasquez out for season due to Torn MCL.
- Kyle Lowry done for season with Torn ACL.
- Blazers playoff wish erased with Damian Lillard out with Torn Hamstring and Wesley Matthew's Torn MCL.



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Re: [60-12] Thunder: Team is One | Around the League!

Postby hova- on Wed Jan 02, 2013 9:05 pm

I really like your courts. I dont like how you swiped the Mavs. Clippers would be hard, but I think you might win anyway because it seems like youre clicking and the game is a bit too easy for you as well ;)
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Thunder grab win #61

Postby Durant35 on Wed Jan 02, 2013 9:32 pm

Thunder grab win #61 over T'Wolves

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Player of the Game: Kevin Durant (41 PTS, 14 REB, 8 AST and 1 BLK)
Thunder Down Under: Russell Westbrook (13 PTS, 1 REB, 9 AST, 1 STL and 2 BLK)
Thunder Protector: Nick Collison (13 PTS, 6 REB - 2 OFF, 1 AST and 2 STL)

TARGET CENTER - Oklahoma City came into this game prepared as ever, and they did a good job. Key pieces such as J.J. Barea got locked down and prevented him from torching the Thunder like he always does. Ibaka, Collison and Durant did a great job of defending Kevin Love, as they made him take tough shots and earn his points tough. Kevin Love eventually went 0-for-10 and scored 3 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.

Those rebounds hurt, but not that bad as Nick Collison came in and gave the Thunder extra possessions they needed. What hurt the Thunder during the first quarter is when Nikola Pekovic got great looks under the basket. He immediately scored 8 points, but as soon as Scott Brooks switched Ibaka to him and Durant to Love, it was stopped.

We are finally getting a glimpse of what the Thunder look like when they evolve and eventually take the League's throne as the best one in the NBA. A powerhouse. And they're only gonna get better as they lure in free agents.

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hova wrote:I really like your courts. I dont like how you swiped the Mavs. Clippers would be hard, but I think you might win anyway because it seems youre clicking and the game is a bit too easy for you as well :wink:


I'm raising the difficulty to HOF when playoffs comes. If I still click, I'll try tweaking the sliders.

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I got an idea on what to do in the off-season. I bet I can get Andy Varejao for Perk, Kenyon and White + the Charlotte 2nd Round Draft Pick. I probably won't be getting the Dallas Pick. But the Raptors pick can bet me into the lottery, and I'm thinking of drafting Mason Plumlee. With my original 1st rounder, I could probably go 29-30 and could get either Isaiah Austin or Rudy Gobert. Now's the main part. I extend Martin to a player option front contract and let's say I inked him. This will get me over the tax limit of $70.3. In the end, should I trade the raptors pick instead of charlotte's and go with Varejao? Or get a bigman through the draft and leave Anderson?

Dilemma people! >.<
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Re: [61-12] Thunder: Team is One | Around the League! Game 7

Postby hova- on Thu Jan 03, 2013 1:16 am

Seeing Gobert would be interesting. But euro big men usually take some time to develop.
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Durant scores 40, gets past Bucks

Postby Durant35 on Thu Jan 03, 2013 3:41 pm

Durant scores 40, gets past Bucks

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GAME RECAP | GAME STORY | TEAM STATS


Player of the Game: Kevin Durant (40 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST and 1 STL in 25 MIN)
Thunder Down Under: Jeremy Lamb (24 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL and 1 BLK in 25 MIN)
Thunder Protector: Russell Westbrook (17 PTS, 3 REB, 12 AST and 2 STL in 29 MIN)

This Bucks team wasn't clearly the old Run 'N Gun team they used to be. Now they have played traditionally and is doing a great job. The blockbuster trade that sent Paul Millsap to the Bucks was the key. During the first quarter, the Thunder got eaten in the paint, as the Bucks made it rain by getting easy layups and dunks despite Serge Ibaka and Nick Collison guarding the frontcourt.

As soon as the second quarter has started, the Oklahoma City Thunder went to an 11-0 run with their small ball line up. Millsap couldn't defend Durant's three-pointers that got him scoring 40 points in 25 minutes. He also did it on 14 shots on 20 attempts, which is incredibly efficient. It probably is the most efficient night Durant had in his entire career.

Meanwhile, Kevin Martin got cold and couldn't get any shots to fall in, but luckily for the Thunder, sharpshooting scorer Jeremy Lamb was there to save the day. Again, the perimeter got owned by the Thunder and the Bucks couldn't do anything to stop the 3-pointers from raining down on them. The Thunder eventually took the lead after the third quarter and never looked back.

The Thunder even let the bench players play the entire fourth quarter, whilst facing up against the Jennings-led Bucks Starters. The Bench still outscored them though, 21-18.

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March Recap [15-2]

Postby Durant35 on Thu Jan 03, 2013 4:08 pm

March Recap


It was an offense-packed month for the Thunder as we saw Kevin Durant going for his career-high 65 points in a win on the road versus the Grizzlies. This month also snapped us back to reality with losses to the Spurs and the Lakers, and reminded us of how the other teams are powerhouses just like the Thunder, and can potentially explode on a given night. These two teams both scored 134 points en route to victory against the number 1 seeded OKC.

We also have been hearing rumors that Assistant GM Hans Antonio is looking to deal Perk by the end of the postseason. Sources say that the Thunder have been trying to acquire Anderson Varejao and Draft Prospect Mason Plumlee. It is still unknown if the Thunder will extend Kevin Martin to a contract at the end of the playoffs. As of March 31, 2013, the Thunder's record sits at 62-12 and is currently locked for the #1 seed in the Western Conference, which grants them home court advantage.

Will this be the year that LeBron James gets dethroned? Or will he again kick the Thunder and kill their championship hopes?

Statistics as of March 31, 2013:

Kevin Durant: 31.6 PPG | 8.8 RPG | 4.9 APG | 1.3 SPG | 1.2 BPG | 2.7 TOPG | (50.1% FG%, 40.8% 3PT-FG% and 90.5% FT% in 36.9 MPG)

Russell Westbrook: 26.8 PPG | 4.9 RPG | 7.2 APG | 2.2 SPG | 0.1 BPG | 2.9 TOPG | (50.5% FG%, 31.0% 3PT-FG% and 82.4% FT% in 36.1 MPG)

Kevin Martin: 17.4 PPG | 3.1 RPG | 2.3 APG | 0.7 SPG | 0.1 BPG | 1.6 TOPG | (44.3% FG%, 36.1% 3PT-FG% and 90.3% FT% in 27.9 MPG)

Serge Ibaka: 10.0 PPG | 8.5 RPG | 1.1 APG | 0.3 SPG | 1.6 BPG | 1.4 TOPG | (46.6% FG%, 21.9% 3PT-FG% and 76.7% FT% in 32.3 MPG)

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