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Heat Survive Game 3, Up 2-1

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LeBron James is halfway to his first championship ring. In a game that featured a ton of missed perimeter shots, the Miami Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder by a final score of 91-85. LeBron led the way with 29 points and 14 rebounds for the Heat, who now lead the series 2-1.

Kevin Durant had a solid game for the Thunder.

Video: Kevin Durant Beats Mavs

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The defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks were able to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder last year in the playoffs. It looked like the Mavs were going to beat the Thunder in Game 1 on Saturday night. However, that was until Kevin Durant hit a shot to once again prove he's one of the best players in the NBA.

Thunder vs. Mavericks NBA Playoffs Prediction

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This is a fascinating matchup between the defending champion Dallas Mavericks and the Oklahoma City Thunder, a team many believe will end up winning this year's championship. What will win out? Will it be veteran experience or that youthful talent?

While I think the Mavs will play better in the postseason than they did in the regular season, the Thunder just have too much talent.

Thunder Top Lakers, Remain in First

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The young guns in Oklahoma City continue to show they are the team to beat in the Western Conference. On Thursday, the Thunder traveled to Los Angeles for another test against the Lakers. The result? A 102-93 victory to move eight games ahead of the third place Lakers.

The Thunder were led by Russell Westbrook's 36 points.

Kevin Love Three-Point Shootout Champion

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Kevin Love is normally known for his ferocious rebounding. On Saturday night during the 2012 NBA Three-Point Shootout, Kevin Love showed off another one of his skills: his outside shot. The forward for the Minnesota Timberwolves took on some of the best shooters in the game and walked away as the 2012 Three-Point Shootout champion.

Durant and Westbrook Combine for 91 in Win

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Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are considered two of the best players in the NBA. On Sunday night, they showed the world why. The pair of superstars for the Oklahoma City Thunder combined for 91 points as the Thunder toppled the Denver Nuggets by a final score of 124-118.

Durant had 51 points on 19-of-28 shooting from the floor.

NBA Power Rankings – Season Starts

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Even though the 2011-12 NBA season is less than a week old, we are already seeing the cream starting to rise to the top. Some teams are surprisingly bad, while a number of teams are better than pundits projected. So which ten teams are the best teams in the NBA?

Here's our NBA power rankings:

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Kevin Durant Fights with Russell Westbrook

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After the Oklahoma City Thunder were eliminated last year in the playoffs, the talk surrounding the team was concerning how well Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook could coexist. While Westbrook is a talented point guard, he's also a player who looks to score first and that doesn't mesh well with Durant, who is arguably the NBA's best scorer.

Thunder Choke, Mavs Go Up 3-1

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The Oklahoma City Thunder were on the verge of tying the 2011 Western Conference Finals. However, with about five minutes to go in regulation, the Thunder's youth showed ... as did the Dallas Mavericks' veteran mettle. After the game went to overtime, the Mavs continued to dominate on their way to a 112-105 victory.

Russell Westbrook is Overrated

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I've always thought Russell Westbrook was overrated. In the 2011 Western Conference Finals, the All-Star point guard for the Oklahoma City Thunder is being outed as a fraud. Yeah, he's a good player but he's far from the up-and-coming superstar he's made out to be. In fact, Russell Westbrook isn't even really a point guard.

Mavs Hang On For Game 3 Victory

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The Dallas Mavericks could do no wrong early on. Leading by as many as 23 points in Game 3 of the 2011 Western Conference Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder, it appeared as if the Mavs would coast to a victory. However, the Thunder rallied late making it a four-point game in the final period before the Mavs were able to hang on for a 93-87 win.

Video: Kevin Durant Dunks on Brendan Haywood

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As the Thunder were beating the Mavs in Game 2, there was an unmistakable play of the game. Kevin Durant's dunk on Brendan Haywood wasn't just the dunk of the night, it was Durant's best dunk of his career. You gotta watch the Kevin Durant dunk video below! The dunk is stupid sick.

Kevin Durant Dunk Over Brendan Haywood

As the video begins, Kevin Durant gets the ball and is defended by Peja Stojakovic.

Bench Powered Thunder Bounce Back

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After Game 1 of the 2011 Western Conference Finals, everyone was talking about Dirk Nowitzki. Quietly, what nobody cared to admit was that the Dallas Mavericks needed a career night out of Dirk simply to edge the Oklahoma City Thunder. In Game 2, the Thunder held Dirk in check and took home a 106-100 victory to tie the series, 1-1.

Dirk Nowitzki's 48 Points Powers Mavs

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Dirk Nowitzki is one of the best shooting bigmen of all-time. On Tuesday night, Nowitzki might have cemented himself as the absolute best. In Game 1 of the 2011 NBA Finals, the German superstar poured in 48 points on only 15 field goal attempts as the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder by a final score of 121-112.

Thunder vs. Grizzlies Predictions

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Who will win in the second round matchup between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies? This matchup features two of the best young and coming teams in the NBA. The Thunder have arguably the brightest future of any team in the league, while the Grizzlies' fantastic youth was on full display as they dispatched the San Antonio Spurs in their first round upset.

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Kawhi Leonard Deserved More Recognition for NBA Rookie of the Year

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How do you play starting swingman/small forward on the best team in the NBA and not get more consideration for Rookie of the Year? The vote for this year's ROY proves it's just a political exercise to try and make stars.

Two point guards were ahead of Kawhi Leonard, Ricky Rubio of Minnesota got second place and Kyrie Irving of Cleveland won the award.

Anthony Davis is Player of the Year

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Anthony Davis is going to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. His Kentucky team is in the Final Four and, to top it off, he just got named as the Player of the Year in men's college basketball. It's safe to say that times are good for Anthony Davis right now.

Davis, who is just a freshman, is averaging 14.

Kobe Bryant Breaks Michael Jordan’s All-Star Record

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Kobe Bryant has always wanted to be just like Michael Jordan. On Sunday during the 2012 NBA All-Star Game, Kobe Bryant surpassed Michael Jordan. With his 27 points, Kobe Bryant now has 271 career points in All-Star games. Jordan previously held the record at 262 points.

On his way to passing Jordan in the record books, Kobe also passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson who had 251 points and 246 points, respectively.

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The Case for Tony Parker as NBA MVP

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The Chicago Bulls had an outstanding season and may end up with the best regular season record, but they don't have any clear leader to their season. Incredibly, their season was defined by role players and not by Derrick Rose, who missed many games due to injury.

West is Best in 2012 NBA All-Star Game

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In one of the highest scoring basketball games you'll ever see, the Western Conference topped the Eastern Conference in the 2012 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday night by a final score of 152-149. After the West got out to an 88-69 halftime lead, it looked like they were going to coast to a victory. However, the East made a run and forced the West to sweat down the stretch.

2012 NBA MVP Favorites

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We've taken a look at the best teams in the NBA and the worst teams in the NBA. Now let's take a look at the individual awards, starting with the NBA Most Valuable Player award. Here are the early favorites for the 2012 MVP Award.

1. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
During the lockout, Kevin Durant was busy balling all around the country.

Lockout Update: David Stern and Dwyane Wade Fight

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The NBA lockout is getting serious. According to multiple sources, David Stern and Dwyane Wade got in a fight during Friday's negotiating session. Wade was apparently felt disrespected after Stern pointed at him and responded by yelling at the commissioner.

After the incident, Wade and other players were going to leave the negotiations.

Miami Heat Exhibition Game at FIU

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This time of year, we're used to watching NBA preseason action. However, with the NBA lockout putting things on hold, we'll have to settle for exhibition games of another sort. But there's an interesting one being put together that will take place on the campus of Florida International University on October 8th.

Pictures: LeBron James Purse Shopping

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A sign that a man is in love? When he'll go purse shopping with you. That's exactly what LeBron James was caught doing recently. As you can see in the pictures below, LeBron James is purse shopping with his girlfriend Savannah.

LeBron has plenty of time to shop for purses these days due to the NBA lockout.

Video: Kevin Durant Scores 59 in Baltimore

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Kevin Durant poured in 59 points in an exhibition game in which he went against fellow NBA stars including LeBron James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony. However, Durant, who was representing the Goodman League of Washington D.C., lost to the Melo League squad, a team representing Baltimore.

With 4,000 fans watching at the Morgan State University gym, everyone saw a great show.

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Kevin Durant to Turkey? Besiktas in Play

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Besiktas, the basketball team in Turkey that signed Deron Williams earlier in the summer, is now negotiating with Kevin Durant. While Besiktas is still trying to sign Kobe Bryant, it appears as if Kevin Durant is their fallback option. And by the sounds of it, the two sides could very well agree to a contract soon.

Video: Jimmer Fredette Scores 52 Points

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Earlier this year, Kevin Durant called Jimmer Fredette the best scorer on the planet. Coming from perhaps the best scorer in the NBA, that's quite a compliment. On Friday, Jimmer Fredette helped prove Kevin Durant's point. Against the New Mexico Lobos, the sweet shooting guard led the BYU Cougars to a 87-76 victory with 52 points.

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Video: Kevin Durant at Rucker Park – 66 Points

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Street ballers are pretty good. But there's a reason they are on the street and NBA players are in the NBA. Kevin Durant at Rucker Park proved that again yesterday. Kevin Durant scored 66 points at Rucker Park and was especially unstoppable in the fourth quarter.

Look below to watch the Kevin Durant at Rucker Park video.

NBA Players Thinking About Playing Overseas

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A handful of NBA players have already signed contracts to play overseas during the NBA lockout, including Deron Williams and Sasha Vujacic. And that may just be the beginning. Many NBA players are thinking about playing overseas during the lockout. Making money and staying in shape? Makes sense to me.

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Video: Michael Beasley Punches Fan

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Michael Beasley is one of the most emotionally unstable players in the NBA. So when he decided to play some streetball in NYC, that quickly became a bad idea. Fans, knowing Michael Beasley has a few screws loose, heckled him all night. Eventually, Michael Beasley went Michael Beasley and punched a fan in the face.