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Harden, Westbrook want to play for USA at Tokyo Olympics

Sep 28, 2019 - 11:28 AM

Rockets stars James Harden and Russell Westbrook hope to bring their explosive tandem to Team USA's Olympic campaign

ROCKET MEN. Russell Westbrook and James Harden add their names to the list of NBA superstars committing to play in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Photo from Houston Rockets

WATCH: Westbrook 'to sacrifice' for Rockets in Harden reunion

Jul 27, 2019 - 5:13 PM

Fans and pundits have been skeptical of the pairing of NBA's most ball-dominant players, but Russell Westbrook and James Harden believe it will work

MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS. James Harden and Russell Westbrook form a deadly duo for the Houston Rockets. Photo from Twitter/@HoustonRockets


Westbrook 'eternally grateful' to OKC, Harden vows 'fun'

Jul 13, 2019 - 10:01 AM

'It's been a dream and a whirlwind,' Russell Westbrook writes as he leaves the Oklahoma City Thunder after 11 seasons

SCORING POWERHOUSE. The Houston power pairing of Russell Westbrook and James Harden unites the NBA's two top scorers over the past 5 seasons. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images/AFP

Thunder trade Westbrook to Rockets for Chris Paul, draft picks

Jul 12, 2019 - 9:23 AM

(UPDATED) The blockbuster deal reunites former MVPs Russell Westbrook and James Harden

OLD TIMES. Russell Westbrook forms another  power duo with former teammate James Harden. Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images/AFP

Rockets eye deal for Thunder star Westbrook – reports

Jul 08, 2019 - 11:15 AM

The Rockets are interested in Russell Westbrook as the Thunder look to rebuild after Paul George asked for a trade to the Clippers to join Kawhi Leonard

BYE BRODIE? Russell Westbrook could reunite with his former Thunder teammate James Harden with the Rockets. File photo from NBA's Twitter account (@NBA)


Thunder stars Westbrook, George undergo surgery

May 08, 2019 - 2:53 PM

Russell Westbrook is expected to return to basketball activities in 3 weeks, but Paul George's return remains indefinite

RECOVERING. Paul George and Russell Westbrook look forward to the next season after the Thunder's first-round playoff exit. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP

Westbrook shrugs off critics after playoff exit

Apr 26, 2019 - 10:18 AM

'If you want to determine my career and what I've done over two, three games, you go ahead,' says Thunder star Russell Westbrook

UNRUFFLED. Russell Westbrook doesn’t care about all the talk after the Thunder fall short anew. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

Westbrook, Thunder trim Blazers’ series lead

Apr 20, 2019 - 1:31 PM

The Thunder cut their series deficit to 2-1 as Russell Westbrook outduels Damian Lilliard and the Blazers

EXPLOSIVE. Russell Westbrook puts the Thunder back in the series with the Blazers. Photo by NBA Twitter

Westbrook posts triple-double average for 3rd straight season

Apr 06, 2019 - 2:08 PM

The former MVP hits another NBA milestone as the Thunder sink the Pistons in a crucial duel

UNPRECEDENTED. Russell Westbrook becomes the only player to average a triple-double in consecutive seasons. Photo from NBA Twitter

Westbrook becomes NBA's second 20-20-20 man

Apr 03, 2019 - 11:54 AM

Former MVP Russell Westbrook records an astonishing 20 points, 20 rebounds and 21 assists as the Thunder roll past the Lakers

HISTORIC. Russell Westbrook joins the legendary Wilt Chamberlain in the record books. Photo from NBA Twitter

Westbrook, George power Oklahoma's bounce-back win

Mar 28, 2019 - 2:38 PM

The Thunder rebound from a shock defeat with a convincing win over the Indiana Pacers

TRIPLE-DOUBLE. Russell Westbrook claims  his 29th triple double of the season before a delighted home crowd. Photo from NBA Twitter

Virtuoso Harden, Westbrook efforts go in vain

Mar 21, 2019 - 3:14 PM

James Harden erupts for 57 points and Russell Westbrook also scatters 42 points but both fail to lead their teams to victory

NOT ENOUGH. Russell Westbrook and Paul George deliver the numbers but fall short in leading the Thunder past the Raptors. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Thunder star Westbrook hit with suspension

Mar 18, 2019 - 1:06 PM

The former MVP incurs his 16th technical foul, which automatically earns a suspension under NBA rules, after charging on Klay Thompson

SIDELINED. Russell Westbrook will miss one game for the Oklahoma City Thunder. File photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images/AFP


WATCH: Jazz ban fan for life, but Westbrook also fined $25,000 over bust-up

Mar 13, 2019 - 9:41 AM

Utah issues a permanent ban on Shane Keisel, the Jazz fan who figured in an expletive-laden altercation with Thunder star Russell Westbrook

DISRESPECTED. Former NBA MVP Russell Westbrook says the incident was ‘completely disrespectful’ and ‘racial.’ Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: Russell Westbrook revives beef with Utah Jazz fans

Mar 12, 2019 - 1:57 PM

'The young man and his wife in the stands told me to get down on my knees like you used to,' says Westbrook

'INAPPROPRIATE'. Russell Westbrook gets into a verbal war with two Utah fans. File photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: Top 3 NBA plays

Mar 05, 2019 - 8:21 AM

James Harden cooks both Kyrie Irving and Jayson Tatum with his patented stepback jumper

THE BEARD. James Harden shows no mercy on the Boston Celtics as the Houston Rockets cruise. File photo from Twitter (@NBA)


Michael Jordan impressed by Harden, Westbrook records

Feb 13, 2019 - 10:24 AM

The legendary Michael Jordan praises the record-breaking NBA stars, but quips: 'Which is harder from a player's standpoint? Six championships probably'

Westbrook salutes 'unbelievable' teammates after triple-double record

Feb 13, 2019 - 9:59 AM

'I've got some unbelievable teammates that make my job easy,' Russell Westbrook says of the Thunder after smashing a 51-year-old NBA record

HISTORIC. Former league MVP Russell Westbrook eclipses one of the many records of legendary Wilt Chamberlain. Photo from NBA Twitter

Westbrook ties NBA record as Thunder shock Rockets

Feb 10, 2019 - 2:07 PM

The Thunder roar back from a 26-point deficit against the Rockets behind Russell Westbrook's record-tying triple-double and Paul George's 45 points

HISTORIC. Russell Westbrook ties Wilt Chamberlain for most consecutive triple-doubles in history with 9 straight.Photo from NBA Twitter

Westbrook, Lowry named NBA All-Star 2019 reserves

Feb 01, 2019 - 6:06 PM

Russell Westbrook and 13 other players join the 10 starters who will be selected by captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo

PRIME PICK. Former MVP Russell Westbrook receives his eighth All-Star selection. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

IN NUMBERS: Westbrook, Rondo shake up NBA all-time assists list

Jan 30, 2019 - 6:33 PM

Averaging a league-leading 10.8 assists this season, OKC Thunder star Russell Westbrook can move up the ranks in a game or two

ONE OF A KIND. Russell Westbrook is the youngest active player in the top 25 of the NBA's all-time assists list. Photo by Twitter (@NBA)


WATCH: Westbrook, George power Thunder past Blazers

Jan 23, 2019 - 2:47 PM

The Thunder roll as Paul George drains 36 points and Russell Westbrook records another triple-double

Wizards zap Thunder, spoil Westbrook's triple-double effort

Jan 07, 2019 - 1:46 PM

Bradley Beal and the Wizards put to waste Russell Westbrook's 12th triple-double of the season

Red-hot Harden lifts Rockets, Westbrook bounces back

Jan 01, 2019 - 1:42 PM

MVP James Harden joins Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant as the only NBA players in the last 30 years to score at least 400 points in a 10-game span

Westbrook, George spark Thunder past Jazz

Dec 11, 2018 - 2:36 PM

Russell Westbrook records his 6th triple-double output of the season

TRIP DUB KING. Russell Westbrook continues to be that all-around player as OKC silences the Jazz. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP

Westbrook ties Kidd for 3rd most NBA triple-doubles

Nov 29, 2018 - 12:53 PM

OKC Thunder superstar Russell Westbrook tallies the 107th triple-double of his NBA career

DOUBLE VICTORY. Russell Westbrook's triple-double effort also helps the Thunder roll to their 13th victory in their last 16 games. Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images/AFP

Russell Westbrook injury scare as Thunder roll to fifth win

Nov 06, 2018 - 1:48 PM

Russell Westbrook appears to be suffering from a sprained left ankle

SPRAIN. Russell Westbrook limps into the locker room after rolling over his ankle. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP

Warriors hold off Westbrook-less Thunder

Oct 17, 2018 - 1:24 PM

(UPDATED) Steph Curry erupts for 32 points as the Golden State Warriors open their three-peat quest with a win over the OKC Thunder

OKC's Paul George drives with the ball against Golden State's Stephen Curry during their NBA opening night showdown. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

NBA record watch: LeBron, Curry due for big milestones

Oct 05, 2018 - 12:13 PM

LeBron James and Steph Curry lead the NBA superstars poised to set new milestones this season

SIZZLING CURRY. Former NBA Most Valuable Player Steph Curry could crack the top 3 of the NBA’s all-time list for three-pointers made. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Russell Westbrook out for month after knee surgery

Sep 13, 2018 - 8:27 AM

The former NBA Most Valuable Player will likely miss the Oklahoma City Thunder's NBA preseason games

RECOVERING. As Thunder ace Russell Westbrook recovers from surgery, German guard Dennis Schroder may take his spot in the team’s training camp. Photo from Gene Sweeney Jr./AFP

LOOK: James Harden completes OKC Thunder Big 3 MVP circle

Jun 26, 2018 - 3:15 PM

The Houston Rockets star earns his first career MVP award in 2018

TRIUMVIRATE. These 3 NBA MVPs (from left to right) Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Kevin Durant were all once with OKC Thunder together. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/AFP (Westbrook), Stephen Dunn/AFP (Harden) Harry How/AFP (Durant)

NBA slaps Westbrook with $10,000 fine after Gobert skirmish

Apr 25, 2018 - 8:51 AM

The Oklahoma City Thunder star escapes suspension despite leaving the bench during altercation

FINED. Russell Westbrook figures in a stormy playoff duel between the Thunder and the Jazz. Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images/AFP

Westbrook averages triple-double for second straight season

Apr 12, 2018 - 2:32 PM

Westbrook earns his 16th rebound with 9 minutes left in the 3rd to become the first NBA player who averages a triple double in multiple seasons

RECORD. Russell Westbrook continues to average a triple double this season. File photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP

Westbrook's triple-double pushes Thunder to playoffs

Apr 10, 2018 - 12:54 PM

The Spurs join OKC with their 21st consecutive post-season appearance

PLAYOFF BOUND. Russell Westbrook finished the game with a triple-double of 23 points, 18 rebounds and 13 assists. File photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images/AFP

Philadelphia 76ers on a roll, Cleveland Cavaliers struggle to win

Apr 02, 2018 - 1:27 PM

Ben Simmons leads the Philadelphia 76ers to their 10th straight win

ROLLING. Ben Simmons has 20 points and 15 rebounds in Philadelphia 76ers' 10 straight win. File Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP


How LeBron James dominated the NBA All-Star Game 2018 draft

Jan 27, 2018 - 12:03 AM

Two reasons why Team Lebron dominates Team Stephen All-Star Game 2018 draft

BETTER ON PAPER. Team LeBron James looks power-packed compared to Team Stephen Curry in this year's NBA All-Star Game. AFP Photo.

Durant unloads triple-double as Warriors tame Timberwolves

Jan 26, 2018 - 6:29 PM

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant scored 28, contributed 11 assists and pulled down 10 rebounds in a commanding display which also saw him link superbly with Stephen Curry

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Cavs give up 148 points in 'embarrassing' loss to Thunder

Jan 21, 2018 - 12:20 PM

LeBron James remains 7 points shy of the 30,000 mark

THROWING IT DOWN. Paul George scored 36 points and Russell Westbrook dished out a season-high 20 assists as the Oklahoma City Thunder upstaged LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: Carmelo Anthony curses on live TV after getting water poured on him

Jan 05, 2018 - 3:25 PM

Melo lets off an R-rated reaction to Westbrook's water bottle

NSFW. Russell Westbrook's water prank leads to a post-game scramble by the censors. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Tempers flare after Valanciunas tries to take ball from Westbrook

Dec 28, 2017 - 4:38 PM

Russell Westbrook wasn't having any of that today

THUNDER UP. Russell Westbrook wasn't going to take Jonas Valanciunas' antics sitting down. File photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images/AFP

Westbrook nets triple double for never-say-die Thunder

Dec 16, 2017 - 1:45 PM

Westbrook overcomes a poor shooting night to overcome the 76ers in triple overtime

NO QUIT. Russell Westbrook played 52 minutes in a triple-overtime victory over the 76ers. File photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP

[OPINION] NBA MVP Race: James or James? LeBron and Harden go neck-and-neck

Dec 13, 2017 - 9:56 PM

Who is gonna take home the NBA MVP award?

NBA MVP. Which 'James' is going to take home the NBA MVP award next year? Harden photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images/AFP and James photo by Elsa/Getty Images North America/AFP

Westbrook just shy of triple-double as Thunder get upperhand on Antetokounmpo, Bucks

Nov 01, 2017 - 3:36 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo leads all scorers with 28 points in the loss

LIGHTNING STRIKES. Russell Westbrook, last season's MVP, outduels the early favorite for this season's MVP award Giannis Antetokounmpo. File photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images/AFP

Westbrook, Thunder rattled after mysterious flight damage

Oct 29, 2017 - 2:03 PM

Oklahoma City Thunder players are shaken up by the damage to their plane's nose

FLIGHT DRAMA. What could have caused the plane's nose to be dented so dramatically? Delta airlines figures it must have been a bird. Photo from Steven Adams' Twitter account

Westbrook's triple-double leads Thunder over Bulls

Oct 29, 2017 - 1:54 PM

Russell Westbrook has now registered a triple-double against every other NBA team in his career

Westbrook triple double sparks win, LeBron's comes in loss

Oct 26, 2017 - 1:16 PM

Cleveland loses to the Brooklyn Nets despite LeBron's triple double

OUTPACED. Russell Westbrook's 81st career triple-double helps Paul George beat his former team, the Indiana Pacers. File photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images/AFP

MVP award is nice, but Russell Westbrook really wants a championship

Oct 15, 2017 - 2:57 PM

Now with Carmelo Anthony and Paul George to back him up, Russell Westbrook looks to add NBA champion to his list of achievements

REVAMPED. Russell Westbrook is playing the best basketball of his career, but with a revamped lineup behind him, he hopes to take the Thunder deep into the playoffs. Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images/AFP

Thunder's Westbrook signs $205-M deal

Sep 30, 2017 - 12:07 PM

'There is no place I would rather be than Oklahoma City,' says the All-Star guard

JACKPOT. Westbrook nails a $205 million contract with OKC. File photo by Kevin C. Cox/AFP

Anthony joins Thunder's Westbrook, George to form new triple threat

Sep 26, 2017 - 12:45 PM

Carmelo Anthony said a desire to play alongside Russell Westbrook was behind his move.

THUNDER STRUCK. The addition of Carmelo Anthony alongside Russell Westbrook has Paul George saying 'This feels like a championship team.' Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images/AFP

Paul George traded to OKC – reports

Jul 01, 2017 - 10:48 AM

Indiana agrees to trade George for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis

HEADED TO OKC. Four-time All-Star Paul George will unite with Russell Westbrook after getting traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images North America/AFP