- Air Force cadets ‘revolt’ after officials remove biblical verse from whiteboard
- Rep. Lee: Paul Ryan out of touch with urban Americans
- House votes down resolution to force Issa to apologize
- Kremlin blocks opposition websites; Kasparov fears Putin plans ‘something drastic’
- Saving trees? EPA wastes $1.5 million storing unneeded pamphlets in warehouse
- Scott Brown Senate bid in New Hampshire may launch soon
- Jeffrey Corzine, son of ex-N.J. governor, dead at 31
- Australian surfing magazine sorry for calling indigenous surfer ‘apeish’
- Records: Man in Fla. theater shooting also was texting
- The Putin problem: U.S. needs Russian rockets for spy satellites
Westbrook struggles as Thunder lose Game 1
“Westbrook had a very subpar game for him,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. “I though we did some good things against him, but I also thought he just had an off game.”
Durant’s first two misses came in the midst of a 13-0 run that put Dallas ahead to stay in the final 3 minutes of the first half. Oklahoma City missed its final six shots of the first half, failing to make a basket after Kendrick Perkins inadvertently bloodied Shawn Marion’s nose with his right elbow on his way in for a layup with 4:26 remaining.
Westbrook came up empty on three drives into the lane, Perkins had a shot swatted by Tyson Chandler and Durant missed a pair of jumpers. Westbrook also missed twice in the opening minutes of the third quarter as Dallas’ lead continued to grow into double digits.
“I have a lot of faith in my teammates. I believe in them,” Durant said. “No matter if they miss 10 shots in a row, I’m still going to pass them the ball. I’m still going to have trust in them.
“That’s what it’s all about. We have to lean on each other. One guy can’t win a series. Two guys can’t win a series, so we’ve got to stick together.”
The Thunder’s point guard problems didn’t end with Westbrook. Backup Eric Maynor was scoreless in 10 minutes and Nate Robinson _ getting some rare minutes outside of garbage time _ couldn’t handle J.J. Barea, who scored 12 of his 21 points during an early fourth-quarter stretch when Robinson was guarding him.
“I felt that we needed a spark,” Brooks said. “That’s one of the things that (Robinson) does. He brings energy, he brings some toughness. I thought we’d have a spark. We had a little spark, but it wasn’t enough.”
By Bob Dole
The industrious island has proved itself worthy of U.S. inclusion
- F-35 secrets now showing up in Chinas stealth fighter
- FBI blocked in corruption probe involving Sens. Reid, Lee
- USS Kidd sent to Indian Ocean after 'indication' of Malaysian jet crash
- College group's diversity event canceled after excluding white people
- Justice Department refuses info on hundreds of prosecutor misconduct cases
- U.S. pilot scares off Iranians with 'Top Gun'-worthy stunt: 'You really ought to go home'
- Bill Clinton poses for photo with Bunny Ranch prostitutes
- Warren Buffett's son to spend $23.7 million in effort to save South African rhinos
- Military families would take a $5,000 hit in benefits with Obama budget
- Ben Carson: America's now 'very much like Nazi Germany'
Chaos as Manhattan building explodes
Pope Francis meets his 'mini-me'
Celebrity deaths in 2014
Winter storm hits states — again