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Ballgame: Thunder fall 108-98 in Cleveland. Road trip that started so promising (3-0) ends with a dud (0-2).
Final: Cavs 108, Thunder 98. OKC back to .500 at 22-22.
Cavs beat the Thunder 108-98. Durant 32 and 9 assists, Westbrook 22 (7-26 shooting), 9 rebounds, 11 assists, Ibaka 15 and 10 rebounds.
The Thunder drop back to .500 with back-to-back losses to the Hawks and Cavs. Went 3-2 on the road trip.
Kendrick Perkins fouls out, and roughly five of them were incredibly dumb ones. None dumber than that last one.
Westbrook's defensive gambling burns OKC again. Went for the steal, forced OKC's defense to collapse, Kevin Love hits wide open dagger 3.
Thunder 39-of-133 from three on this road trip. 29 percent. A ton of open ones.
Another wide open 3 off a catch for Waiters.
Waiters has taken six 3s (made two) and all of them have been WIDE open. Just not very good shooting them off a catch.
Rough day for Reggie Jackson on a national stage.
LeBron bursts out for eight quick points to start fourth. Cavs suddenly up 11.
Wonder who LeBron was yapping to after hitting that last 3 (over Waiters)
LeBron is on Waiters, not Durant, to start the fourth. Gotta check the real superstar.
Doesn't look like it. He's still not on the bench. RT
LeBron didn't score in the third period.
End 3Q: Thunder down 83-78 to the Cavs. Final 12 minutes will determine if road trip was decent (3-2) or great (4-1).
Cavs lead the Thunder 83-78 after three. Durant with 22, Westbrook 19 (but on 6-20 shooting), 7 rebounds, 8 assists, Waiters with 12.
Waiters takes Kyrie Irving and has a quick word for the Cavs bench after it.
Serge Ibaka's career high for 3-pointers attempted is nine. He's 2-for-8 from 3 with a minute left in the third quarter.
Reggie Jackson has played six minutes so far, fewest out of the nine Thunder guys who have entered.
Reggie Jackson still sitting on six minutes with 2:46 left in the third.
Man, J.R. gets those shots up.
The Thunder has been outscored 81-52 in the second quarter the past three games. Shot a combined 20-of-73.
Cavs lead the Thunder 57-49 at half. Durant 17 (7-16), Westbrook 8 (2-11) and 4 assists, Ibaka 5 (2-10). Thunder shot 35.8%.
Durant and LeBron are both 7-for-16 in the first half. I'd like to see their respective shot charts this half.
Kendrick Perkins just destroyed J.R. Smith with a screen. Laid him out like he was Ronnie Lott.
Six first-half minutes for Reggie Jackson...16 for Dion Waiters.
Westbrook (2-8), Durant (2-10) and Ibaka (2-8) are a combined 6-of-26 shooting.
The Thunder are 2-of-14 shooting in the second quarter with ZERO shots at the rim. Jumper after jumper: http://t.co/FvqJCgKrj1
Durant hasn't been shooting 3s very well lately. Just 1-5 today and 5 of his last 33.
Second quarters have been a nightmare for the Thunder lately.
Ibaka is just 2-for-8 but is rebounding well and playing good interior defense.
LeBron with 16 of the Cavs 32 points. Has nine more than anyone else in the game.
Doesn't help that the Thunder has Anthony Morrow on him.
The Thunder are switching high screens, so the Cavs are just singling out Anthony Morrow for LeBron to attack.
LeBron's just taking it right to the rack and either finishing, getting fouled and going to the free throw line or both.
Sweet elbow pad, Scotty http://t.co/tKo7oWuI8B
The Thunder bench in that first quarter: 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting. Helped spring OKC to 26-20 lead.
Dion Waiters booed heartily as he checks in.
Watching Durant and LeBron defend each other is never not awesome.
There have been more eurosteps than points in the first four minutes. Seriously.
Thunder missed its first eight shots. But made ninth. A KD three. Game tied 3-3.
Also don't see Adams on the bench. Team says it will see how he feels as the game goes along. Not sure if he will play today.
Of note: Steven Adams has never missed a game due to injury. Played 81 last year (one DNP-CD), started first 43 this year.
Kendrick Perkins is starting today. Steven Adams has a migraine headache.
Steven Adams not starting because of a migraine.
We're minutes away from our first (any possibly only) Kevin Durant v LeBron James matchup of the season. Enjoy.
Hassan Whiteside's NBA 2K rating: 65. And, yes, likely to go up.
Hassan Whiteside to ESPN on his 14-13-12 block triple-double: "I'm just trying to get my NBA 2K rating up"
Amazing triple-double for Hassan Whiteside: 13 points, 12 rebounds, 10 blocks in 23 minutes. Shortest since Westbrook last season.
One of my greatest fears was nearly just realized: J.R. Smith came sprinting around a corner in one of the hallways almost obliterated me.
Still about 45 minutes before tipoff in Cleveland and there are a LOT of Thunder fans in the building.
Cavs are breaking out shirts for today's game: http://t.co/YwzMql1Jrd
Hassan Whiteside is a beast. Five blocks in seven minutes.
Josh Huestis with another solid night for the Blue: 21 points on 7-10 shooting (5-8 from 3).
American Sniper is the best movie I have seen in awhile
I realllllllllllly want to know how Gregg Popovich would have attacked this press conference.
Cool cover from today's Chicago Tribune http://t.co/5xQ4mqRn50
This must be big: Bill Belichick going with dress shirt under a windbreaker. That's as classy as he'll go http://t.co/dWj9uH4WCO
Entering tonight, there'd only been 39 different 37+ point games this season in the NBA. Klay Thompson just scored 37 in a quarter.
Rockets beat the Suns on James Harden buzzer beater. Thunder remain three games back of Phoenix for #8, two in the loss column.
James Harden helping out the Thunder. Rockets beat the Suns on his game-winner, 113-111. Thunder don't lose ground despite loss in Atlanta.
Lotta impressive Hawks stats (29-2 in last 31, 15 straight wins), but most impressive to me: 7-1 vs last year's West playoff teams.
Westbrook (22), Durant (21) and Ibaka (13) were the only three Thunder players in double-figures. Waiters and Jackson combined 15 on 6-16.
Final: Thunder fall 103-93 in Atlanta, fall to 22-21 on the season. Up next: At Cleveland on Sunday to close out road trip.
Hawks beat the Thunder 103-93. Westbrook 22 and 11 assists, Durant 21 (8-22 shooting), Ibaka 13 (6-16) and 10 boards.
What in the world is Reggie Jackson doing turning down that shot?
Paul Millsap has just completely worked over Serge Ibaka tonight.