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Kevin Durant went with a slightly more subtle social message tonight. A close up pic of his game shoes. http://t.co/QPKyh4YN8q
Perk being honest about LeBron sitting out: "I know it's disappointing probably for the fans but for us, we like, 'yessss.'"
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."
Kevin Durant asked if he could share what he and LeBron talked about: "Nah."
Russell Westbrook asked about Kevin Durant's strong close (OKC's final eight points): "That's why he's the MVP"
Kevin Durant asked to talk about his postgame locker room meeting with LeBron James. Durant gives a side eye: "Nah..."
LeBron James just came to the Thunder locker room, asked and was granted permission to come in and talk to Kevin Durant.
LeBron James waiting with the media to enter the Thunder's locker room. Can't wait to see Kendrick Perkins' reaction.
LeBron is waiting to go into the Thunder's locker room right now. Wants to talk to KD.
Scott Brooks on KD scoring the Thunder's final eight points: "That's what he does. He's wired that way."
(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.)
Thunder now only 2.5 games out of the West's #8 spot. Updated standings: http://t.co/82zPx4gGxH
Kendrick Adams is a top five center in the NBA: 12 points, 17 rebounds and five blocks tonight in 42 minutes.
That's now six out of seven and four straight for the Thunder, who move to 2.5 games behind the Suns for eighth.
Ballgame: Thunder beat the Cavs 103-94. OKC has won four straight and six of seven. Now 9-13 on the season.
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.
Back-to-back buckets from Durant put the Thunder back up eight, 99-91, with 1:14 left.
Point taken away from the Cavs. Crawford calling a Dellavedova 3 now a 2. It's 95-91 OKC.
Crawford yelling at OKC scorekeepers right now: "Listen to me! Listen to me and stop freaking talking!"
Thunder was up 86-66 with 10:24 left. Twenty point lead nearly gone. It's now 95-92 OKC with two minutes left.
Cavs have cut the Thunder's lead down to three with 2:00 left. Tense finish coming up for OKC.
Suddenly just a 5-point ballgame with 3:19 still left. Cavs on a 21-7 run.
Joey Crawford will not be getting a Christmas card from anyone on OKC's scorer's table. The long-time battle continues.
Joey Crawford having it out with the OKC scorers, again.
Good try, Joe Harris. -- Kevin Durant
Serge Ibaka fouls out: In 25 minutes, seven points on 3-6 shooting, zero rebounds and two blocks.
Kendrick Perkins and Steven Adams have combined for 10 points and 16 rebounds tonight. More than enough from the center position.
Thunder started the game 1-of-15 from three. OKC is 6-of-6 from deep since.
Anthony Morrow with 11 points on 4/7 FG, 3/4 from three. His most important performance since that 28-pt outburst in Boston.
Thunder on a 26-9 run right now.
Kevin Durant is doing some playmakin' out there.
Dion Waiters' shorts look like they're about to fall down around his ankles at all times.
End 3Q: Thunder lead the Cavs 78-66. OKC outscored Cleveland 31-19 in the third.
Thunder lead the Cavs 78-66. Westbrook 20-5-7, Durant with 11. OKC's bench with 30.
Kevin Durant has played 18 minutes. Returns with 15 minutes left. Limit is supposed to be 30. Twelve left to give.
Relevant note to that stat: Russell Westbrook has played in six games since returning from injury.
Russell Westbrook extends his streak of games with at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists to six games.
Russell Westbrook: two assists in the first half, five in the third quarter. Taking over.
Nice spurt from OKC. Westbrook bucket, Serge 3, Morrow 3. Lead up to eight.
Thunder 21-of-36 from 2-point range tonight, but 1-of-15 from three.
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.
Andre Roberson is playing with one shoe.
Kyrie Irving is back on the floor warming up. Looks like he's good to go.
Kyrie Irving back on the court for warm-ups before the start of the second half.
Kyrie Irving back on the court, warming up before the second half. Great sign.
Thunder and Cavs tied 47-47 at half. Westbrook 16 on 8-11, Lamb 9, Durant 6 on 1-5 shooting (14 minutes).
Halftime: Thunder-Cavs tied 47-47. But story has become Kyrie Irving's ugly-looking knee injury. You hope it's nothing serious.
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?
Serge Ibaka: 10 minutes, two shots, zero makes, zero points, zero rebounds.
Early smallball for the Thunder with Durant playing the 4, guarding Tristan Thompson.
Bad first quarter from the Thunder: Seven turnovers, 14 missed shots, only one assist. Trail the LeBron-less Cavs 26-18.
Cavs up 20-10 early. Russell Westbrook 4-of-6 shooting. Everyone else on OKC is 1-of-9.
Kyrie Irving is making layups cool again, as Scott Brooks said. But so is Russell Westbrook. Wow.
Kyrie Irving starts on Andre Roberson, Matthew Dellavedova on Russell Westbrook. Westbrook on Irving on other end.
LeBron might, but Joey Crawford would NEVER miss a Thursday TNT game.
Joey Crawford in the building. Over/under 2.5 technical fouls tonight. What you taking?
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.
No LeBron tonight, but don't worry hoops fans...Joey Crawford is in the building. He's reffing.
Before he was ruled out, the Thunder were planning for Durant to start on LeBron. /sad trombone
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.
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.
Only other (regular season) meeting between the Cavs and Thunder is Jan. 25 in Cleveland.
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."
Blatt on LeBron: "I really don't believe we have any kind of serious situation on our hands. Just soreness ... Just being cautious."
Cavs coach David Blatt says "We're being cautious."
Cleveland remains dangerous though. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love have both beat the Thunder in the past basically on their own.
LeBron James will NOT play tonight.
LeBron will NOT play tonight.
David Blatt says LeBron will not play tonight.
Stuck waiting in limbo on LeBron's status as the Fox Sports Ohio folks raise a backdrop behind David Blatt.
Kevin Durant will play tonight and tomorrow in Minnesota. There was some thought he might rest one night of back-to-back.
Scott Brooks says Durant will be available to play tomorrow (second game of a back-to-back).
Scott Brooks asked who starts on LeBron (if he plays): "To start the game, it'll be... one of our wing players."
Scott Brooks coy about who will start on LeBron (if he plays). Brooks: "one of our wing players"
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.
NBA All-Star balloting begins today.
LeBron was scheduled to talk at Cavs shootaround, but was getting treatment in the back. Then Cavs announced game-time decision.
LeBron James (soreness in left knee) is game-time decision tonight vs Thunder.
Mitch McGary in 28 minutes for the Blue last night: 26 points, 9 rebounds, 4 steals, 4 blocks. Starting to regain form.
Mitch McGary tonight for the Blue: 26 points on 12-17 shooting, nine rebounds, four steals and four blocks in 28 minutes.