Thunder wallop Spurs 102-82, pull within 2-1
By JEFF LATZKE
Posted May 31 2012 11:33PM
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Kevin Durant scored 22 points, Thabo Sefolosha set playoff career-bests with 19 points and six steals, and the Oklahoma City Thunder snapped San Antonio’s 20-game winning streak by beating the Spurs 102-82 in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals on Thursday night.
Oklahoma City closed its series deficit to 2-1 and will host Game 4 on Saturday night.
Sefolosha threw a wrench in the Spurs’ well-oiled offense at the start, getting four steals in the first 3 minutes. The Spurs ended up committing a postseason-worst 21 turnovers and scoring their least points all season.
Tony Parker and Stephen Jackson led the Spurs with 16 points apiece. Tim Duncan had 11 points on 5-for-15 shooting, taking 11 of San Antonio’s first 25 shots as the offense went through the All-Star center instead of Parker.
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“We tried to get everything solidified but Jive said, ‘Naw.” he explained. “Then I was going to take Dre off and make my own version [of Lookin for Ya], but then I thought, ‘No. F–k that. If he can’t be on it, then I’m not using it.” – Big Boi speaking of issues with Jive Records and Def Jam.
It’s clear that Jive Records nor Def Jam knew what they were doing when they didn’t let ‘Looking For Ya‘ with Big Boi, Andre 3000 and Sleepy Brown make the album cut. Surely the record sales for the critically acclaimed ‘Sir Lucious Left Foot the Son of Chico Dusty’ album, which is far indeed better than a lot of albums coming from some of ‘today’s’ favorite rappers. Does Big Boi have a right to be pissed? Heck yeah he does. Think about it. No Outkast album has sold less anything less than platinum. And if 1 million is flop (speaking of the Idlewild soundtrack) then that’s the best-selliing flop in hip hop history.
Check out ‘Lookin 4 Ya’ by Big Boi featuring Andre 3000 and Sleepy Brown.
Heat overcome Rondo, top Boston 115-111 in Game 2
By TIM REYNOLDS
Posted May 31 2012 4:03AM
MIAMI (AP) Rajon Rondo posted a stat line never before seen in NBA playoff history. He was on the court for every second of a game that finished more than three hours after it started. He scored more points in a single overtime than anyone this season.
His night was called incredible, amazing and unbelievable – and that was by the Miami Heat.
And when it was over, Rondo could only express disappointment that the Boston Celtics needed more.
LeBron James scored 34 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Dwyane Wade scored eight of his 23 points in overtime and the Heat took a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals with a 115-111 win over the Celtics on Wednesday night, overcoming what will surely go down as the best game of Rondo’s career to move within six wins of an NBA title.
“We lost,” Rondo said, shrugging off talk of the historical ramifications of his night. “Simple as that.”
Rondo’s final numbers: 44 points, 10 assists, eight rebounds. He scored all 12 of Boston’s overtime points, giving the Celtics the lead three times, only to have the Heat answer each of those. And when he finally missed in the extra session – on a play where Rondo said he got struck in the face by Wade – then and only then could Miami put Boston away.
Game 3 is Friday night in Boston, where the Celtics will try to make this a series. No Celtics team has successfully rallied from an 0-2 hole since 1969.