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Clippers resting their guys, probably fully expecting OKC to handle business. Except the Thunder are down nine to the Pistons.
Welp. You knew it was coming. You didn't know it'd only take a half. But Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has a career-high 18 points.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has a new career-high of 18... with 5:19 left in the first half.
Pistons 46, Thunder 37.
Pistons up 9...
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has 15 with six minutes left in the first quarter, two away from his career-high.
Tony Brothers just explained that Reggie Jackson had to establish himself in the frontcourt. He hadn't, which is why a backcourt was called.
Also, game of relevance: Grizzlies up 29-24 on the Mavs at the end of the first quarter.
After one, the Grizzlies lead the Mavs, 29-24.
End 1Q: Thunder trail the Pistons 30-28. Clippers fans getting a little more interested.
After one, the Pistons lead the Thunder 30-28.
Pistons are still in the game.
Kevin Durant just dropped the hammer on Andre Drummond.
Steven Adams checks in. Had his best (statistical) game of the season against the Pistons, fourth game in: 17 points, 10 rebounds.
Thabo Sefolosha with a game-high seven points in the first quarter. AN OFFENSIVE OUTBURST.
Thabo Sefolosha, on the fastbreak, with Durant on one side and Westbrook on the other, basically just said: "Nah, I got this"
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope's career high is 17, Rodney Stuckey's is 40, Brandon Jennings' is 55... if you're wondering.
How I'm watching the games tonight http://t.co/K4MdKMt7JL
Russell Westbrook takes a hard fall and gets up slowly (he's fine), reminding everyone why it's stupid he's even having to play this game.
Caron Butler talking to the crowd at center-court: "It's our time, it's our time"
Thunder unveiling a fourth straight Northwest Division Championship banner tonight.
Brooks on Cheeks: "He took the job with the understanding he was going to get a fair opportunity. Unfortunately he didn't."
Scott Brooks on Mo Cheeks' firing in Detroit: "When you give somebody 50 games, it's hard to comprehend...I don't think that was deserved."
I may be wrong. But I think Thabo Sefolosha just walked in wearing a throwback Bullets hat.
Scott Brooks asked about MVP: "I just can't wait to see the voter's votes. I'm looking forward to the transparency."
Scott Brooks was just asked how important it is for the Thunder to win a championship. Really good question. Really, really good.
The Thunder will play their playoff opener on Saturday. Opponent and time still to be determined.
Brooks says Russell Westbrook's restrictions will be entirely lifted this weekend.
Scott Brooks says regular starters tonight and their goal is to win the game. Meaning, they aren't taking this easy.
Regular starting lineup for the Thunder tonight.
Just submitted my first NBA Awards ballot. MVP: 1. KD 2. LeBron 3. Blake 4. Noah 5. Harden
"A dynasty is being built here. So we’re winning, we’re having fun and we’re brothers. The other stuff, you can’t buy it.”
Just to note... Harden said this after the Finals in 2012 (cont'd):
Based on past years, there's a good chance the Thunder will unveil it's Northwest Division championship banner before the game tonight.
Vamos el clasico!!!!!!
Kevin Durant on the Thunder's playoff opponent: "We're not scared of anybody, no matter who we play. We don't fear anybody."
Clippers beat the Nuggets. Second seed comes down to the final night. OKC clinches with win over Pistons or Clipper loss in Portland.
The Thunder easily leading the league in technicals this season (stat graphic via TNT): http://t.co/rRfUncZLnD
Blake Griffin just got his 16th technical of the season. Will be suspended (if not rescinded) for Clippers finale in Portland tomorrow.
Most minutes played this season: 1. Kevin Durant - 3,077 2. DeMar Derozan - 2,995 3. Carmelo Anthony - 2,982 ... 30. Serge Ibaka - 2,364
Clippers up 13-0 early lol
Clippers-Nuggets tipping off in about 10 minutes on TNT. Thunder clinches second-seed with a L.A. loss.
Ernie Johnson just said TNT will have three games on Sunday. They don't know which ones yet. But they showed a lot of OKC B roll.
New Thunderstorm Dogs to be served at playoff games: Deep fried Jalapeno dog wrapped in bacon -> http://t.co/96aqGspj9a
Just talked to a lady who used to work at a Chipotle in OKC. Said Kevin Durant came in once, bought a $14 meal and tipped her $86.
How about I deliver tomorrow afternoon around 4?
ITS DOPE AF.
A CLEAN ECLIPSE OUTSIDE. WOW
Simple for OKC: If Thunder gets #2 seed (likely), they face winner of Mavs-Grizz on Wed. If they fall to #3 (unlikely), face Warriors.
Entering the season's final two nights, the Thunder could still possibly play the Warriors, Mavericks and Grizzlies in Round 1.
AP photo that perfectly describes tonight's Thunder game: http://t.co/45wq3d8BwR
Thabo Sefolosha didn't play a second in the fourth tonight. Tyreke Evans had 17 in the quarter.
In eight April games, Kevin Durant is shooting 43 percent overall (79-of-180) and 25 percent from three (15-of-59).
Pelicans beat OKC 101-89. Durant with 25-7-6, Ibaka 22, 16 rebounds and 5 assists, Butler with 19. OKC just 9-32 from 3.
Thunder magic number to clinch #2 seed remains one. Need a win over Detroit on Wednesday or Clipper loss to Nuggets or Blazers.
Bad loss to a bad Pelicans team. Now Thunder probably can't rest KD/others on Wednesday unless Clippers lose to Denver tomorrow.
Final: Pelicans 101, Thunder 89.
Well, this was a bad loss for OKC. Means they'll need to beat the Pistons at home on Wednesday to secure the No. 2. (Or hope LA loses.)
Amazing that going with Derek Fisher on Tyreke Evans somehow didn't slow him down. Can't believe it either.
The Thunder bench looks in disbelief.
Players who have dropped 40-plus on the Thunder since the All-Star break: Jodie Meeks, Gerald Green and Tyreke Evans.
There goes that man again.
Tyreke Evans with a career-high 37 points. Pelicans up eight.
Recap for this Thunder game: "Sigh."
Spurs against the Rockets/Thunder: 0-8. Spurs against everyone else: 62-11.
Tyreke Evans: 30 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals. Dominating his matchup with Reggie Jackson (4 pts, 3 asts, 1/5 FG).
Awful night of basketball from Reggie Jackson tonight.
Solid game from Serge Ibaka: 20 points, 14 rebounds and a career-high five assists.
You need energy? Andre Roberson's got energy.
Andre Roberson is doing things.
Like Scott Brooks' move to insert Andre Roberson. Team needed energy. He brings it. Immediate block/dunk for Roberson.
Pelicans starting this fourth looking real unsure of themselves. Tyreke looks like the only one confident with the ball.