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Westbrook Gets Durant Going in Comeback Win

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Durant has often said he needs to see only one go down before he feels like he’s hot. Sunday’s game provided some validation of that theory. A possession later, he went to the line to knock down two free throws. First-half scoring output surpassed, in 45 seconds. Then he hit a 3-pointer. Then another 3. Then two more free throws. Durant finished with 17 in the third quarter as the Thunder roared back with a 25-7 run in less than six minutes to open the quarter.

“He wanted to get me going,” Durant said of Westbrook. “Coming out of halftime, he told me he was going to get me some iso’s, get me some plays and told me to be aggressive, and I just fed off his energy.”

Source: Royce Young of ESPN

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Report: Giannis Antetokounmpo Named NBA Most Valuable Player

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Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo has been named the 2019-20 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player, the NBA announced today.

This is the second straight Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award for Antetokounmpo, who becomes the 12th player to earn the honor in consecutive seasons. A native of Greece, Antetokounmpo is the first player from Europe to be selected as the NBA MVP more than once. Antetokounmpo, 25, also joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and LeBron James as the only players to win multiple NBA MVP awards by the age of 25.

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Report: Nick Nurse, Raptors Agree to Extension

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The Toronto Raptors announced Tuesday they have signed head coach Nick Nurse to a multi-year contract extension. Per team policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. This past season, Nurse guided the Raptors to a 53-19 record during the regular season (second best in the NBA) and set a franchise-record with a .736 winning percentage. Toronto also reached the Eastern Conference Semifinals for the fifth straight year.

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Sources: Rockets Interested in Tyronn Lue, Sam Cassell for Head Coach

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Sources: There is mutual interest between the Rockets and Clippers assistant coach Sam Cassell. Cassell started his playing career with the two-time champion “Clutch City” Rockets.


With a head coaching vacancy in Houston, expect the franchise to take a strong look at Los Angeles Clippers assistant Tyronn Lue.

Source: Tim MacMahon and Chris Haynes on Twitter

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