Anthony Slater

Kevin Durant is yet to have an 'I'm back' game. But on Thursday, he had a signature Slim Reaper closing act. Story: newsok.com/article/5375287

Darnell Mayberry

Kevin Durant went with a slightly more subtle social message tonight. A close up pic of his game shoes. http://t.co/QPKyh4YN8q

Royce Young

Perk being honest about LeBron sitting out: "I know it's disappointing probably for the fans but for us, we like, 'yessss.'"

Royce Young

Perk on LeBron: "If they like it, I love it. I actually know LeBron, so I'm not going to be the bad guy in no more of those situations."

Anthony Slater

MT @Ethan J. Skolnick Perkins on LeBron's visit: "I actually know LeBron, so I'm not gonna be the bad guy in no more of those situations."

Royce Young

Kevin Durant asked if he could share what he and LeBron talked about: "Nah."

Anthony Slater

Russell Westbrook asked about Kevin Durant's strong close (OKC's final eight points): "That's why he's the MVP"

Anthony Slater

Kevin Durant asked to talk about his postgame locker room meeting with LeBron James. Durant gives a side eye: "Nah..."

Anthony Slater

LeBron James just came to the Thunder locker room, asked and was granted permission to come in and talk to Kevin Durant.

Darnell Mayberry

LeBron James waiting with the media to enter the Thunder's locker room. Can't wait to see Kendrick Perkins' reaction.

Royce Young

LeBron is waiting to go into the Thunder's locker room right now. Wants to talk to KD.

Anthony Slater

Scott Brooks on KD scoring the Thunder's final eight points: "That's what he does. He's wired that way."

Royce Young

(Steven Adams had 8 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks in 22 minutes. Perk had 4 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks in 20 minutes.)

Anthony Slater

Thunder now only 2.5 games out of the West's #8 spot. Updated standings: http://t.co/82zPx4gGxH

Royce Young

Kendrick Adams is a top five center in the NBA: 12 points, 17 rebounds and five blocks tonight in 42 minutes.

Royce Young

That's now six out of seven and four straight for the Thunder, who move to 2.5 games behind the Suns for eighth.

Anthony Slater

Ballgame: Thunder beat the Cavs 103-94. OKC has won four straight and six of seven. Now 9-13 on the season.

Royce Young

Thunder beat the LeBron-less Cavs, 103-94. Westbrook 26 points, 7 boards and 8 assists, Durant 19-6-5 in 29 minutes, Jackson 13, Morrow 11.

Royce Young

Back-to-back buckets from Durant put the Thunder back up eight, 99-91, with 1:14 left.

Anthony Slater

Point taken away from the Cavs. Crawford calling a Dellavedova 3 now a 2. It's 95-91 OKC.

Royce Young

Crawford yelling at OKC scorekeepers right now: "Listen to me! Listen to me and stop freaking talking!"

Anthony Slater

Thunder was up 86-66 with 10:24 left. Twenty point lead nearly gone. It's now 95-92 OKC with two minutes left.

Royce Young

Cavs have cut the Thunder's lead down to three with 2:00 left. Tense finish coming up for OKC.

Anthony Slater

Suddenly just a 5-point ballgame with 3:19 still left. Cavs on a 21-7 run.

Anthony Slater

Joey Crawford will not be getting a Christmas card from anyone on OKC's scorer's table. The long-time battle continues.

Royce Young

Joey Crawford having it out with the OKC scorers, again.

Royce Young

Good try, Joe Harris. -- Kevin Durant

Royce Young

Serge Ibaka fouls out: In 25 minutes, seven points on 3-6 shooting, zero rebounds and two blocks.

Anthony Slater

Kendrick Perkins and Steven Adams have combined for 10 points and 16 rebounds tonight. More than enough from the center position.

Anthony Slater

Thunder started the game 1-of-15 from three. OKC is 6-of-6 from deep since.

Anthony Slater

Anthony Morrow with 11 points on 4/7 FG, 3/4 from three. His most important performance since that 28-pt outburst in Boston.

Anthony Slater

Thunder on a 26-9 run right now.

Royce Young

Kevin Durant is doing some playmakin' out there.

Royce Young

Dion Waiters' shorts look like they're about to fall down around his ankles at all times.

Anthony Slater

End 3Q: Thunder lead the Cavs 78-66. OKC outscored Cleveland 31-19 in the third.

Royce Young

Thunder lead the Cavs 78-66. Westbrook 20-5-7, Durant with 11. OKC's bench with 30.

Anthony Slater

Kevin Durant has played 18 minutes. Returns with 15 minutes left. Limit is supposed to be 30. Twelve left to give.

Royce Young

Relevant note to that stat: Russell Westbrook has played in six games since returning from injury.

Royce Young

Russell Westbrook extends his streak of games with at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists to six games.

Anthony Slater

Russell Westbrook: two assists in the first half, five in the third quarter. Taking over.

Anthony Slater

Nice spurt from OKC. Westbrook bucket, Serge 3, Morrow 3. Lead up to eight.

Anthony Slater

Thunder 21-of-36 from 2-point range tonight, but 1-of-15 from three.

Royce Young

Shawn Marion has been in the NBA for 15 years and it's still impossible to not say, "What the..." when he takes a shot.

Royce Young

Andre Roberson is playing with one shoe.

Royce Young

Kyrie Irving is back on the floor warming up. Looks like he's good to go.

Darnell Mayberry

Kyrie Irving back on the court for warm-ups before the start of the second half.

Anthony Slater

Kyrie Irving back on the court, warming up before the second half. Great sign.

Royce Young

Thunder and Cavs tied 47-47 at half. Westbrook 16 on 8-11, Lamb 9, Durant 6 on 1-5 shooting (14 minutes).

Anthony Slater

Halftime: Thunder-Cavs tied 47-47. But story has become Kyrie Irving's ugly-looking knee injury. You hope it's nothing serious.

Darnell Mayberry

Told me they're more comfortable. RT @cjzero @Darnell Mayberry Have you asked KD why he's wearing the VI?

Royce Young

How does Serge Ibaka not know the 24-second clock is going to run out when he's standing RIGHT on front of the Thunder bench?

Anthony Slater

Serge Ibaka: 10 minutes, two shots, zero makes, zero points, zero rebounds.

Mike Baldwin

Oklahoma City Barons: Barons are in great shape when it comes to goaltending bit.ly/1x7NSzD

Royce Young

Early smallball for the Thunder with Durant playing the 4, guarding Tristan Thompson.

Anthony Slater

Bad first quarter from the Thunder: Seven turnovers, 14 missed shots, only one assist. Trail the LeBron-less Cavs 26-18.

Anthony Slater

Cavs up 20-10 early. Russell Westbrook 4-of-6 shooting. Everyone else on OKC is 1-of-9.

Anthony Slater

Kyrie Irving is making layups cool again, as Scott Brooks said. But so is Russell Westbrook. Wow.

Anthony Slater

"Four of the five Cavs starters have a 'V' in their name" -- Random things you hear when sitting next to @BerryTramel at games

Anthony Slater

Kyrie Irving starts on Andre Roberson, Matthew Dellavedova on Russell Westbrook. Westbrook on Irving on other end.

Royce Young

LeBron might, but Joey Crawford would NEVER miss a Thursday TNT game.

Anthony Slater

Joey Crawford in the building. Over/under 2.5 technical fouls tonight. What you taking?

Anthony Slater

One of the last times (the last?) Joey Crawford was in OKC, he iced KD at the FT line. Just another crazy part of that nutty MEM-OKC series.

Anthony Slater

No LeBron tonight, but don't worry hoops fans...Joey Crawford is in the building. He's reffing.

Anthony Slater

Kyrie, Dellavedova, Marion, Love, Varejao RT @joelala719 @Anthony Slater So what is the Cavs starting 5?

Royce Young

Before he was ruled out, the Thunder were planning for Durant to start on LeBron. /sad trombone

Anthony Slater

Tough for fans that LeBron's out. But a hoops game with KD, Russ, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and Serge Ibaka ain't a bad consolation prize.

Mike Baldwin

Oklahoma City Barons: Barons host weekend doubleheader vs. Grand Rapids bit.ly/1zDwMcv

Anthony Slater

In LeBron's absence, there's plenty of losers: fans, TNT, media, Cavs. But Thunder a clear winner. OKC needs all the Ws it can get.

Royce Young

Only other (regular season) meeting between the Cavs and Thunder is Jan. 25 in Cleveland.

Darnell Mayberry

Blatt on possible fan disappointment w/ no LeBron: "It's no desire on our part to disappoint them. It's just the reality of the NBA season."

Royce Young

Blatt on LeBron: "I really don't believe we have any kind of serious situation on our hands. Just soreness ... Just being cautious."

Darnell Mayberry

Cavs coach David Blatt says "We're being cautious."

Anthony Slater

Cleveland remains dangerous though. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love have both beat the Thunder in the past basically on their own.

Darnell Mayberry

LeBron James will NOT play tonight.

Anthony Slater

LeBron will NOT play tonight.

Royce Young

David Blatt says LeBron will not play tonight.

Royce Young

Stuck waiting in limbo on LeBron's status as the Fox Sports Ohio folks raise a backdrop behind David Blatt.

Darnell Mayberry

Grant Hill discusses challenges facing Kevin Durant in injury and recovery okne.ws/1usJMw7

Anthony Slater

Kevin Durant will play tonight and tomorrow in Minnesota. There was some thought he might rest one night of back-to-back.

Royce Young

Scott Brooks says Durant will be available to play tomorrow (second game of a back-to-back).

Royce Young

Scott Brooks asked who starts on LeBron (if he plays): "To start the game, it'll be... one of our wing players."

Anthony Slater

Scott Brooks coy about who will start on LeBron (if he plays). Brooks: "one of our wing players"

Royce Young

KD might be just 3-10 against LeBron, but he's averaged 29.2 points on 48.3% shooting, 6.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists in those games.

Anthony Slater

Talking Thunder-Cavs with the @NewsOKSports crew right now, right here: NewsOK.com/Live

Darnell Mayberry

Durant on the best player in the game debate: "I always feel like I’m the best." - bit.ly/1wDRkm7

Darnell Mayberry

Has Kevin Durant surpassed LeBron James as the NBA's best player? - bit.ly/1wDRkm7

Darnell Mayberry

NBA All-Star balloting begins today.

Anthony Slater

LeBron was scheduled to talk at Cavs shootaround, but was getting treatment in the back. Then Cavs announced game-time decision.

Anthony Slater

LeBron James (soreness in left knee) is game-time decision tonight vs Thunder.

Serge Ibaka

After shootaround... Game day vs Cavs in #OKC #ThunderUP sportlobster.com/post/453516/af… http://t.co/bLmh4qUVhR

Anthony Slater

Mitch McGary in 28 minutes for the Blue last night: 26 points, 9 rebounds, 4 steals, 4 blocks. Starting to regain form.

Darnell Mayberry

So much for those 750 words I had to type up. RT @Trey Kerby: @Darnell Mayberry No.

Darnell Mayberry

Can Andre Roberson defend LeBron James? okne.ws/1zyBrfE

Kevin Durant

I teamed up with @ShapeFutureOK to create healthy challenges for kids. Spread the word #KDchallenge ShapeYourFutureKDMVP.com

Anthony Slater

LeBron James returns to OKC with a Big Three that has, individually, all torched the Thunder. Story in today's paper: bit.ly/1sew0Ca

Kevin Durant

Glad to be supporting @Rihanna today for her #DiamondBall. Give back to Clara Lionel Foundation now: claralionelfoundation.org

John Rohde

ICYMI: Finally, the #Thunder has a legit game against a legit opponent. bit.ly/1sk8Owx @FranchiseOK @steelyonsports #CavsNation

Royce Young

Mitch McGary tonight for the Blue: 26 points on 12-17 shooting, nine rebounds, four steals and four blocks in 28 minutes.

Russell Westbrook

Movie night, went to see #TheGambler. Go see it when it comes out 12/25 makes me want to play cards. http://t.co/hjXBnPiCDV