MIAMI — Before the season started, a poll suggested the Miami Heat was the overwhelming favorite to win the NBA title, collecting a whopping 76 percent of ballots cast.
Memphis' Mike Conley, driving on Serge Ibaka, just missed a triple-double with 26 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Memphis Grizzlies wouldn't let Kevin Durant come through in the clutch for the second straight time.
Carmelo Anthony, driving past Roy Hibbert, paced the Knicks with 32 points, including 16 in a game-breaking 30-2 run over the third and fourth quarters.
NEW YORK - Carmelo Anthony hung from the rim, the helpless defender who tried to stop his dunk lying on the court below after falling.
Kevin Durant led the Thunder with his scoring - 27 points - and his encouragement of teammate Kevin Martin.
HOUSTON - Kevin Durant texted Kevin Martin after his terrible performance in Game 5 to send words of encouragement and tell him Durant knew Martin would bounce back Friday night.
OKLAHOMA CITY - James Harden lacked the energy to get through a morning shoot-around. Then he found the strength to fill the Houston Rockets with life in a playoff series that had started to look hopeless.
OKLAHOMA CITY - Ty Lawson scored 25 points, Andre Miller had 20 points and nine assists and the Denver Nuggets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 114-104 Tuesday night to win a 13th straight game for the first time since joining the NBA.
Lightning, such as this strike on Kolb Road, is an inherent part of the annual monsoon. Lightning kills an averge of 54 people nationally each year.
Christmas is months away - but it's high season now for Donner and Blitzen. Those mythical reindeer names mean thunder and lightning in German, and we could get plenty of both in this summer's monsoon.
NEW YORK - Former Arizona Wildcat Derrick Williams was named to the NBA All-Rookie second team on Tuesday.
Russell Westbrook had 28 points, including a pair of three-point plays to ignite a decisive third-quarter surge by Oklahoma City on Monday night.
Kobe Bryant, forced to play all but two minutes Monday, finished with 42 points, his 13th 40-point playoff effort. That included this dunk over the Thunder's Kendrick Perkins.
OKLAHOMA CITY - With the Oklahoma City Thunder just starting to come to life, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant didn't need to take a break.
LOS ANGELES - Kevin Durant added 31 points and drained the tiebreaking three-pointer with 13.7 seconds left as Oklahoma City seized control of the second-round series with a 103-100 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 4 on Saturday night.
INDIANAPOLIS - Kyle Korver scored 20 points to help the Chicago Bulls beat the Indiana Pacers 92-87 on Wednesday night and inch closer to the top overall seed in the NBA playoffs.