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Jun 13, 2012

Veteran Collison a perfect fit for young Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – Lost in the flashiness of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s offensive fireworks is soft-spoken forward Nick Collison, a steady hand on a young team playing for the National Basketball Association (NBA) championship.

The Thunder’s series-opening 105-94 victory over the Miami Heat on Tuesday in the NBA Finals was vintage Collison: eight points, 10 rebounds and one steal in 21 minutes.

Jun 13, 2012

Heat’s Wade vows to be more aggressive in NBA Finals

OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – In the aftermath of the Miami Heat’s second-half meltdown in the opening-game loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA Finals, the spotlight is focused on the spotty play of All-Star Dwyane Wade.

The Heat guard scored 19 points but hit only seven of 19 shots and was at times listless in the 105-94 loss to the Thunder at raucous Chesapeake Energy Arena on Tuesday.

Jun 13, 2012

Durant knocks out LeBron in first battle

OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – When Kevin Durant went to the free-throw line in the fourth quarter the crowd started chanting “M-V-P, M-V-P,” a verbal jab at the reigning most valuable player, LeBron James.

At least for one night, the fans had it right.

Durant scored 36 points, including 17 in the final quarter, to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 105-94 victory over the Miami Heat in the opening game of the best-of-seven NBA Finals on Tuesday.

Jun 13, 2012

KD delivers KO punch in first LeBron battle

OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – When Kevin Durant went to the free-throw line in the fourth quarter the crowd started chanting “M-V-P, M-V-P,” a verbal jab at the reigning most valuable player, LeBron James.

At least for one night, the fans had it right.

Durant scored 36 points, including 17 in the final quarter, to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 105-94 victory over the Miami Heat in the opening game of the best-of-seven NBA Finals on Tuesday.

Jun 13, 2012

Durant helps Thunder crack Heat in Finals opener

OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – Kevin Durant won the opening round of his highly anticipated duel with LeBron James, scoring 36 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 105-94 victory over the Miami Heat in the opening game of the NBA Finals on Tuesday.

The NBA scoring champion hit 12-of-20 shots and added eight rebounds to help the Western Conference champions outscore the Heat by 18 points in the second half to draw first blood in the best-of-seven series.

Jun 13, 2012

Durant leads Thunder over Miami in Finals opener

OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – Kevin Durant won the opening round of his highly anticipated duel with LeBron James, scoring 36 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 105-94 victory over the Miami Heat in the opening game of the NBA Finals on Tuesday.

Durant, the NBA scoring champion, hit 12-of-20 shots and added eight rebounds to help the Western Conference champions overcome a seven-point halftime deficit.

Jun 11, 2012

Thunder helps OKC heal from 1995 explosion

OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – For many Americans, Oklahoma City is defined not by its charm, friendly people or eclectic neighborhoods but by tragedy.

The Oklahoma City bombing nearly 20 years ago remains a part of the fabric of daily life here and that is something Sam Presti believes everyone should appreciate.

Jun 11, 2012

James and Durant ready to rumble in NBA Finals

OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – LeBron James and Kevin Durant are dismissing the widely held perception that whoever wins the NBA Finals and earns their first championship ring will be hailed as the best player.

The best-of-seven series between the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder beginning Tuesday could feature the most enticing personal duel since Hall of Famers Larry Bird and Magic Johnson.

Jun 10, 2012

Title-hungry Thunder believe the time is now

OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – In just one season, the Oklahoma City Thunder have transformed from an immature club blessed with talent but searching for an identity into a genuine title contender.

The pieces to the puzzle essentially remained the same from a year ago but the youthful Thunder played this season with a swagger, a sense that they belonged in the NBA Finals.

Jun 10, 2012

Devils down Kings to extend Stanley Cup final

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – The resilient New Jersey Devils edged the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 on Saturday to trim their deficit in the best-of-seven Stanley Cup championship to 3-2 and force a Game Six on Monday.

Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador scored the game winner midway through the second period when his slapshot ricocheted off Kings defenseman Slava Voynov and into the net.