Sexta-feira, 24 Fevereiro, 2017

Westbrook's Oklahoma City Thunder topple Cavs

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Estanislau Duarte | 12 Fevereiro, 2017, 00:45

For eight seasons, this was the place where they stood shoulder to shoulder on the court, sat elbow to elbow at post-game press conferences and always covered each other's back.

The Cavs, after playing the Thunder close for most of the game, appeared to tire late as Oklahoma City pulled away.

Durant insisted that he's prepared for whatever reaction greets him at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Although, the 32-year-old has played 38.6 mpg, and shot 64% on 6.4 FTA during this stretch.

That game owned a $404 average two days prior to tipoff, which at the time set the bar for the priciest return game since 2010.

The relentless Russell Westbrook produced his 26th triple-double of the season to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 118-109 triumph over the National Basketball Association champion Cleveland Cavaliers. The defeat would have been much worse had that been the case, since the Big 3 accounted for 61 of the Cavs' points on the night.

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With his 29 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists, Westbrook now has the third most triple-doubles in one season in National Basketball Association history.

Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder screams while trying to dunk over the San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center on January 31, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas. The OKC players have been doing their best not to look too far down the road to this game on the schedule.

The Cavaliers now return home for a Saturday night home matchup against the Denver Nuggets, the only team they've yet to face this season.

Adams had six points in the first quarter, eight in the third and scored two important buckets in the final three minutes to help the Thunder keep the Cavaliers at bay. Now that the Thunder has responded in such a monster manner against the defending champs, the Golden State date now looks a little different. Dario Saric came off the bench to score 24 points, while Ersan Ilyasova (eel-yah-SOH'-vah) had 16 points as the 76ers' only starter to score in double-figures.

The first time, Thompson scored 19 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, had four steals and four blocks.

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Last season, the GSW only averaged +10.8 after winning a record-shattering 73 games. "But that fan base doesn't have the toxicity of some in bigger, nastier markets, so I expect them to cheer Westbrook nonstop more than they boo Durant".

Bulls guard and Chicago native Dwyane Wade was warmly received on South Beach on an emotional night in November when he played his first game as a visitor in Miami.

To understand Thunder fans' heartache, there has to be an understanding of Oklahoma City's dynamic. But they gave one back on Thursday with a loss and are now just 2.5 up on the Celtics.

Someone on the Thunder coaching staff needs to commit an entire summer to rebuilding Payne's flawed shot technique, but he was effective against the Cavs.

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