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when they met Rangers last February

Postby jokergreen0220 » Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:05 am

CLEVELAND -- As the score tightened, Kevin Durant stayed loose. Brandon Marshall Jersey . Sitting in his warm-ups on Oklahoma Citys bench, Durant knew he might be called upon again. And when he was, the NBAs leading scorer closed out Cleveland. "My minds always on the game so I didnt space out," he said. "I was instantly ready." Durant scored 35 points, finding his shooting touch after a rough start, and made five free throws in the final minute to shut down a furious, fourth-quarter comeback and give the Thunder their 50th win, 102-95 over the injury-riddled Cavaliers on Thursday night. Durant missed five of his first six shots, but finally got it going. He has scored 25 or more in 33 straight games -- the leagues longest streak since Michael Jordan did it 40 consecutive times (1986-87). With the win, the Thunder, who let a 24-point lead dwindle to five in the fourth, moved within 1 1/2 games of San Antonio for the best record in the Western Conference. Oklahoma City played without point guard Russell Westbrook, who rested his surgically repaired knee. Dion Waiters scored 30 and Spencer Hawes 20 for the Cavs, who trailed 95-71 with 6:34 left before going on a 21-2 run to pull within 97-92. Durant, though, who had re-entered with 3:34 to go, made his free throws to end Clevelands rally. When he took a seat after three quarters, Durant figured his night was done. "But that can happen in this league," Durant said. "Guys have pride and Cleveland plays extremely hard, so those guys made it a game late and we had to close it out." Cleveland played without injured star guard Kyrie Irving (strained biceps) and forward Luol Deng (sprained ankle). Durants performance came two nights after LeBron James dropped 43 points on Cleveland, which lost its season-high fourth straight at home and has seen its playoff chances disappear. Durant added 11 rebounds and six assists, his biggest to Serge Ibaka for a dunk with 1:54 left after the Cavs had closed within eight. With the Thunder ahead by 17 entering the fourth, Durant grabbed a seat after scoring 30 in 32 minutes. Oklahoma Citys reserves were having their way with the Cavs, but Cleveland quickly reeled off 11 in a row, forcing Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks to bring Durant back. Waiters steal and layup got Cleveland within five, but the Thunder made sure the ball went to Durant, who then put it away at the line. But not before the Thunder had their nerves frayed. "You hate to talk about the last few minutes," Brooks said. "So Im not going to." Reggie Jackson started for Westbrook and added 13 points. Derek Fisher had 12 and Jeremy Lamb 10. Durant had a very un-Durant-like start. He started 1-of-6 from the field and grew more and more agitated with every missed shot. Late in the first quarter, Durant, who had complained to the officials about not getting a call on a drive, grabbed an offensive rebound, dunked in frustration and got called for a technical. "I just dont care if I miss," Durant said. "I had it in my mind that I was going to start the game off 1 for 10. Thats how quickly it can change, man. I thought I might be in for a tough shooting night, but I always stay aggressive." With Deng, Clevelands top wing defender, out and down to just nine dressed players, Cavs coach Mike Brown knew his team would struggle to handle the multifaceted Durant. And when Alonzo Gee picked up his second personal foul less than two minutes into the game, Brown brought in pesky guard Matthew Dellavedova to guard the leagues leading scorer. Dellavedova, generously listed at 6-foot-4, did all he could to pester Durant and it worked -- for a while. "He didnt get under my skin," Durant said. "He plays hard, you can respect a player like that but I didnt pay him any attention" Brown was proud of the job Dellavedova did on Durant. "One thing Dellys going to do for sure is fight," Brown said. "Hes going to get up in your chest and hes going to bother you, hes going to show his hands so hes not going to foul you. He makes you work for points." NOTES: Brooks has been impressed with Caron Butler, who has played in eight games since signing with Oklahoma City on March 1. Scott said Butler is tough, experienced and fearless. "He can make shots and hes not afraid to take shots," Brooks said. "We like that." ... OKC centre Kendrick Perkins (left groin strain) missed his 12th consecutive game and G Thabo Sefolosha (left calf strain) sat out his ninth straight. ... Brown boycotted filling out an NCAA bracket because Butler, where his son Elijah plays, didnt make the field. "Its my own protest," Brown joked. "Im loyal." ... Dellavedova had 11 points and 10 assists. Chris Harris Jr Jersey . Halak did not get the start in the Washington Capitals Tuesday night game against the St. Demaryius Thomas Jersey . All of 46 seconds into the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 victory over Alex Ovechkins struggling Washington Capitals, Crosby assisted on Chris Kunitzs goal. http://www.broncosproauthentic.com/Black-Friday-Matt-Paradis-Jersey/ . The 2014 edition will be the ninth meeting between the Caps and Vikes in a tradition that dates back to 2005. "Since the original Whitecaps, the club has enjoyed fantastic support from fans in Victoria and all across Vancouver Island," said Whitecaps FC president Bob Lenarduzzi.Celtic legend Kenny Dalglish believes Parkhead boss Ronny Deila is ready to grasp the opportunity presented by Sundays showdown with Rangers. Deila and his team took another step towards five-in-a-row with Saturdays 2-1 victory over Motherwell at Fir Park, a win which lifted them eight points clear at the top of the Premiership table.But there remain question marks over his long-term future with the champions due to his poor record in European competitions. However, Dalglish believes the Norwegian will realise he can ease some of the weight on his shoulders by beating Mark Warburtons side in this weekends Scottish Cup semi-final, live on Sky Sports.The Hoops favourite, who scored 167 goals in 322 games for the club between 1969-1977, said: I think its an important match for Ronny but Im sure he wont underestimate it. He had his first taste of it last year so he knows what its about.He understands Celtic, hes been there for a couple of years and he knows what the club stands for and what this game means. Leigh Griffiths celebrates winning goal at Motherwell The weekend game will be only the second meeting between the sides since Rangers were consigned to liquidation following their financial meltdown in 2012.Deilas champions-elect are hot favourites to follow up last years 2-0 League Cup victory with another win at Hampden but Dalglish insists the Ibrox men will be under just as much pressure as their rivals.In an Old Firm game, there is pressure on everybody, added Dalglish, who guided the Hoops to League Cup success during a brief spell in charge of the club in 1999-2000. Celtics 2-0 win over Rangers in the League Cup semi-final last year was a drubbing according to Dalglish Nobody is going to grab any bonus points by saying, Were Rangers, were just a& Championship team, were not under any pressure. Jeff Heuerman Jersey. Ask the supporters if they are under any pressure. Its the same for Celtic. Celtic are under pressure because they want to win too.Celtic could not have had it any easier when they met Rangers last February - a match in which the Championship side failed to have one shot on target in the entire 90 minutes - but most Light Blues supporters were just glad to see their vastly under-equipped team not suffer a heavier beating. Petrofac Cup winners Rangers celebrate victory over Peterhead However, Dalglish, who won four Scottish Cup winners medals at Parkhead before heading for a glittering spell with Liverpool, feels this weeks match-up will be a closer affair.He said: The game last year was really a 2-0 drubbing for Rangers. But they have been fantastic this year with the brand of football they have played. James Tavernier at right-back is one of their top scorers with double figures. Dalglish scored 167 goals in 322 games in an eight-year spell at Celtic They have got a really good philosophy under Mark Warburton. But whether that is good enough to compete with Celtic remains to be seen.They had a game against St Johnstone where they lost 3-1 but then beat Dundee 4-0 in the Scottish Cup. Dundee drew with Celtic just a week ago, so youve got to give them a chance. It will be interesting to see how they react to playing Celtic, as they are the best team in the Premiership. Also See: Deila needs Rangers win Rangers can shock Celtic New pitch for Hampden Celtic video Celtic fixtures Celtic stats Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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