An NBA blog from Newsday's Bobby Bonett
Russell Westbrook had a signature game Tuesday night against the Miami Heat. Unfortunately for Westbrook and the Thunder, it came in a loss.
The fourth-year point guard led all scorers with 43 points, connecting on 20 of 32 shots. He added seven rebounds and five assists, turning the ball over just three times.
As noted by @NBAHistory, Westbrook was the first player to connect on 20...Read more »
Russell Westbrook's running "lay-up" from the free throw line topped the NBA's list of the best circus shots from the 2011-12 season.
With the Thunder and Lakers tied at 70 in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals, Westbrook took off on a breakaway. He was fouled just inside the free throw line, and heaved up a finger roll from the elbow that dropped.
Oklahoma City went on...Read more »
According to ESPN's John Hollinger, entering last night's Game 5 against the Spurs, Thunder guard James Harden hadn't hit a shot this season in the final three minutes of games within five points.
That changed in a big way.
Harden, who finished with 20 points off the bench for Oklahoma City, drilled a contested three with 28 seconds left in the game, pushing the Thunder to a 106-101...Read more »
Oklahoma City crushed San Antonio in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals 102-82 Thursday night, but it didn't stop Spurs forward Tim Duncan from making history.
Duncan's fourth block of the night gave him 477 career playoff blocks, the most in NBA history. The veteran added one more block to bring his postseason total to 478.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar previously held the record with 476...Read more »
NBA MVP LeBron James and the man who may have replaced him as the league's most polarizing player, Dwight Howard, were both named to the All-NBA First Team, the league announced today.
Joining James and Howard on the first team were Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul.
James averaged 27.1 points, 6.2 assists and 7.9 rebounds en route to his third MVP award. This year also marks...Read more »
In a highlight dominated by rejections, who better to lead the way than the NBA's top shot-blocker, Serge Ibaka?
Ibaka, who led the league by averaging 3.65 blocks per game -- the highest single-season mark since Theo Ratliff averaged 3.74 blocks per game during the 2000-01 season -- had the top defensive play of the year, according to a countdown released by the NBA.
During a 96-90...Read more »
There are three types of plays in the NBA that draw the loudest "oohs and ahhs" from the crowd: a thunderous jam, a big rejection, and a nasty crossover.
The NBA released its top 10 list of the latter yesterday, featuring several expected guards -- Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook -- and a few surprising players -- Sebastian Telfair, Jameer Nelson.
Of coure, the most important...Read more »
Chris Paul made a mistake last night.
He got in O.J. Mayo's way.
During the Grizzlies' 94-85 win over the Clippers Monday night, Mayo picked Paul's pocket on his way to the breakaway jam.
After the steal, though, Mayo issued a subtle hip-check, knocking Paul on his rear end. No foul was called.
Mayo's jam came in at No. 5 in the NBA top 10; I, as well as the voice of the...Read more »
The Wizards tallied 10 blocks in Thursday night's 93-89 loss to the Pacers, two of them pretty enough to make the NBA's top 10 plays.
Trevor Booker's swat of Roy Hibbert and Jan Vesely's block of Dahntay Jones ranked seventh and sixth, respectively.
Dwyane Wade also made a trio of appearances in the top 10, twice for passes (No. 8 to Udonis Haslem, and No. 2 to LeBron James) and once...Read more »