Diallo Provides the Spark, Thunder Once Again Kings of Clutch

By Ryan Chapman

Article originally published on thefranchiseok.com

OKLAHOMA CITY- When the game is on the line, the Oklahoma City Thunder feel at home.

The Sacramento Kings were the latest victims of the NBA’s best Clutch Time team, falling to the Thunder 112-108. 

A game enters Clutch Time when there are under five minutes remaining and either team leads by five points or less…

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Dort Shines as Thunder Exact Revenge on Spurs

By Ryan Chapman

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OKLAHOMA CITY- Post All-Star Break, everything has gone right for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Building on their win over the Denver Nuggets, the Thunder scorched the San Antonio Spurs 131-101.

After a back-and-forth first half, Oklahoma City played their best quarter of the season…

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Chris Paul Turns Back the Clock, Dazzles in Thunder Win

By Ryan Chapman

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OKLAHOMA CITY- There were no signs of a post All-Star hangover in Oklahoma City.

Led by an assertive Chris Paul, the Oklahoma City Thunder dominated the Denver Nuggets over the last five and a half minutes of the game to win 113-101. 

After a scoreless first quarter, Paul took it upon himself to get things going offensively for the Thunder. By the end of the night, he led all scorers with 29 points on 11-of-17 shooting…

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SGA Ousted in Skills Challenge

By Ryan Chapman

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CHICAGO- Shai Gilgeous-Alexander bowed out early in the NBA All-Star Skills Challenge. 

Forward Kris Middleton of the Milwaukee Bucks ousted Gilgeous-Alexander in their first round matchup…

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Third Quarter Woes Return; Big Second Half Lifts Celtics Over Thunder

By Ryan Chapman

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OKLAHOMA CITY- The last two times the Boston Celtics have visited the Chesapeake Energy Arena, they’ve turned big first half deficits into victories. 

Sunday afternoon, the Celtics extended the streak to three.

Erasing a nine point lead, Boston topped the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-111…

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Gilgeous-Alexander Named to All-Star Weekend

By Ryan Chapman

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OKLAHOMA CITY- The Thunder picked up another participant in the All-Star Weekend festivities. 

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was named to the Skills Challenge on Saturday evening.

Gilgeous-Alexander replaces Derrick Rose. Rose will miss the Skills Challenge with an adductor strain… 

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Amidst the Looming Trade Deadline, the Thunder Escaped Victorious

By Ryan Chapman

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OKLAHOMA CITY- With the trade deadline looming over the entire NBA, the Oklahoma City Thunder relied on their defense to squeak out a late victory. 

Oklahoma City held off the Cleveland Cavaliers to pick up a 109-103 victory.

“We weren’t probably as sharp as we needed to be,” Thunder Coach Billy Donovan said after the game…

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Thunder get back on track against the Trail Blazers

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OKLAHOMA CITY- The Oklahoma City Thunder bucked their recent trend of slow starts to outpace the Portland Trail Blazers.

Tired legs were to be expected with both teams playing on the second night of a back-to-back, but injuries and a trade lead to both teams missing a pair of starters…

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Thunder drop second straight home game

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OKLAHOMA CITY- The Toronto Raptors had to fend off a furious fourth quarter comeback to retire the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Thunder trailed by as many as 30 points in the second half, but were able to make the game interesting for fans down the stretch…

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Thunder routed by shorthanded Lakers

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OKLAHOMA CITY- It was no homecoming for Russell Westbrook.

In fact, most of the star power was taken out of the game before tip-off.

With Lebron James, Anthony Davis and Danny Green all out with injuries…

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