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16.11.2019 03:57
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OKLAHOMA CITY - When Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant were out with injuries the Oklahoma City Thunder stumbled to a 3-12 start, leaving some wondering if theyd be able to make up enough ground to qualify for the playoffs once their stars returned.That doesnt seem to be an issue any more. Westbrook had 28 points, eight assists and eight rebounds, Durant added 23 points and eight rebounds and the Thunder won their sixth straight game, beating the Phoenix Suns 112-88 on Sunday night.With the win, Oklahoma City moved within a half-game of eighth place in the Western Conference while improving to 11-13. Phoenix (12-13) entered the game tied for eighth in the conference, but is headed in the wrong direction, having lost five straight.Durant isnt concerned with the standings, but theres no doubt that the Thunder are trending upward.Were just focused on playing good basketball, and everything else after that takes care of itself, Durant said. Were 24 games in. Youre not even close to the halfway point of the season yet, so its too early to think about that.Westbrook recorded his eighth straight game of at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists since his return from a broken hand. By halftime, he had 24 points, five rebounds and six assists — just missing what would have been his ninth career triple-double as he sat out the fourth quarter.Gerald Green led Phoenix with 15 points. The Suns are known for their up-tempo offence that often turns opponents misses into points at the other end, but Oklahoma City gave Phoenix few transition opportunities early while seizing control of the game. The Thunder made nine of their first 11 shots and never trailed.They came out right from the start and got after it, Phoenix coach Jeff Hornacek said. At one point in the middle of the first quarter they were 11 for 16, so they missed five shots, but on four of those they got offensive rebounds. You cant beat a team when you come out like that. . They took it at us.Oklahoma Citys 41-point first quarter was the Thunders highest-scoring quarter of the season and it matched their season-best for points in a half as they took a 70-48 halftime lead. Phoenix came no closer than 20 points in the second half.There was one scary moment for Westbrook. As he leapt toward the basket midway through the third quarter, Alex Len fouled him hard and Westbrook landed awkwardly on his right leg - which has a surgically repaired right knee. Westbrook got up and hobbled for a few steps before jogging off the floor for a timeout.Anthony Morrow scored 14 points and Serge Ibaka added 12 for Oklahoma City. Eric Bledsoe added 12 points for Phoenix while Tyler Ennis had 11 and Marcus Morris had 10.___TIP-INSSuns: Phoenix played without Goran Dragic, who sat out with a lower back strain. Green started in his place and received a technical foul in the first quarter for arguing a call. . P.J. Tucker also received a technical in the second quarter for jawing with Westbrook, who also was called for a technical at the same time. . Markieff Morris started but committed five fouls in 10 minutes of action.Thunder: Oklahoma City had won 11 straight games against the Suns before dropping their last two meetings against Phoenix last season . The Thunder scored 70 points in the first half of consecutive games for the first time in since the franchise moved to Oklahoma City before the 2008-09 season. The Thunder also scored 70 first-half points in a win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday. . Rookie Mitch McGary made his season debut with 7:15 left in the fourth quarter.BOARD WORKFour Thunder players had at least eight rebounds: Westbrook, Durant, Steven Adams (eight) and Kendrick Perkins (10), helping Oklahoma City post a 63-40 edge on the boards. The 63 rebounds were the most by an NBA team this season.I love Perk coming off the bench for us, Durant said. Hes a guy thats been in big games and has been a starter for us.WHATS NEXT:Suns: Host Milwaukee on Monday.Thunder: At Sacramento on Tuesday. Cheap Fake Vans . With a win tonight, Buehrle will match Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka for the most wins in the majors with 11. Buehrle is 10-4 with a 2.32 earned run average, but has lost his last three starts, including a 7-3 setback at Yankee Stadium last Wednesday. Fake Vans Online .com) - The top spot in the AFC South will be on the line when Houston native Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts shoot for their fourth straight win when they take on the Texans at NRG Stadium. Olsen, who is 6-foot-3 and 305 pounds, can play either centre or guard. The 25-year-old Olsen played 16 games and made four starts in 2012 with the New Orleans Saints. Fake Vans Shoes . - Titans quarterback Jake Locker will miss the rest of the season with a Lisfranc injury to his right foot, leaving Tennessee trying to rally with Ryan Fitzpatrick. Wholesale Fake Vans . He had even more fun Friday. Coming off a sensational rookie season, Spieth opened the new year by never coming close to bogey and making a 12-foot birdie putt on the last hole for a 7-under 66. PHILADELPHIA -- Steve Mason skated off the Flyers ice to a roar he waited a career to hear. The thunderous cheers quickly changed to an appreciative chant: "Ma-son! Ma-son! Ma-son! Headed to New York with new life, Mason sure earned this curtain call. Mason stopped 37 shots for his first career post-season win, Matt Read and Jakub Voracek scored and the Philadelphia Flyers evened their first-round matchup against the New York Rangers with a 2-1 win in Game 4 on Friday night. In his first start of the series, Mason shut down the Rangers, and shut out the noise of a raucous crowd. "The crowd is unbelievable this time of the year," Mason said. "Its definitely loud out there. Sometimes, its almost too loud for a goaltender. You cant hear the shot being released." He had no trouble keeping his eye on the puck and was in top form almost two weeks after he suffered an upper-body injury. Ray Emery was solid in the first three games but Mason played the final 7:15 in a 4-1 loss Tuesday night. Mason was just getting warmed up. He played perhaps his best game of the season, denying a Rangers team that pressured him with shots all game. He was a wall in the final tense minutes when the Rangers pulled goalie Henrik Lundqvist for the extra attacker. Dominic Moore scored for the Rangers, who squandered their chance to win the series this weekend at home. Game 5 is Sunday at Madison Square Garden. "You dont want to go to MSG down 3-1 in the series and have to win in that building," Mason said. "For us, it was pretty much a must win." The Rangers outshot the Flyers 16-6 and dominated a first period that put Mason to work in a hurry. But the Flyers escaped with a 1-1 tie after Jason Akesons shot off the backboards bounced straight to Read, who beat Lundqvist on his left side for the goal. "He told me he meant to do that," Read said. "It came right to me. I just had to one-time it. I think Lundqvist got a piece of it but well take it." Read caught Lundqvist out of place at the perfect time. "I didnt expect it to come out that fast and on his stick," he said. "It was hard for me to come across." Voracek redirected Brayden Schenns shot from the slot past Lundqvist for a power-pllay goal and a 2-1 lead.dddddddddddd Mason had never played with a lead in five career post-season starts. Mason hadnt started a playoff game in five years since his rookie season with Columbus. The Blue Jackets were swept by Detroit in that series, and the late-season injury against Pittsburgh delayed his Philadelphia post-season debut. "I waited a long time for it, but one doesnt do much in the long run," Mason said. Flyers captain Claude Giroux hasnt scored in the series but his strongest performance came after Game 3s loss when he said, "Were going to tie up the series and go back to New York." Off theyll go to New York, the series tied. "Its going to be better for us mentally to go up there," Giroux said. Giroux limped to the bench after taking a hard hit from Mats Zuccarello late in the third. Giroux, third in the NHL with 86 points, had no shots on goal in the first two games and has only two assists through four games. Moore gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead when he joined the rush out of the penalty box and scored on a wraparound goal 4:38 into the game. The Rangers pounded Mason with shot after shot, doubling the Flyers total for most of the first two periods. Mason was sprawled in the crease stopping several shots and kept the Flyers in a game they desperately needed to win. "He looked confident right from the get-go, and he had to be in the first," coach Craig Berube said. Lundqvist, an eight-time All-Star and 2012 Vezina Trophy winner, stopped 23 shots but was betrayed by an offence that couldnt convert open looks. The Rangers were 0 for 4 on the power play and are 0 for 12 since Game 2. "We got good looks, but this time of year you need more than good looks," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "You need to get the job done." Notes: The Rangers have scored first in the last three games. ... Flyers D Nicklas Grossmann left the game in the second period with a lower-body injury. ... Lauren Hart, the daughter of longtime former Flyers broadcaster Gene Hart, sang "God Bless America," alternating lyrics with Kate Smith, who was on a video image. Smiths rendition of the song has been a rallying anthem for the Flyers since the mid-1970s. ... Game 6 is Tuesday in Philadelphia. ' ' '

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