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Smack / Jan 12, 2013 / 3:00 am

Kevin Durant And OKC Spare No Mercy On Los Angeles; Damian Lillard Puts Up For His City

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Kevin Durant (photo. Nike)

Before Ric Bucher left ESPN this fall, he tweeted one of the more interesting behind-the-scenes nuggets to take into consideration whenever Oklahoma City and the Lakers play. Bucher said that underneath the “We’re all friends!” vibe Team USA put out in winning gold in London last summer, Kobe Bryant was trying to create a wedge between Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant by telling Russ he deserved to be the team’s alpha male. The young OKC stars were wise to the Mamba’s plot then and apparently want to destroy L.A. each time they play the Lakers now because of what Kobe tried to do. Friday night in L.A. was a destruction, all right, but it looked so easy as to be actually scary. KD had a season-high 42 points while looking as relaxed as some of the fans (well, not Jack Nicholsonhe bailed with a quarter to go). Russ had 27 points and his hard-as-hell hanging J over Bryant (28 points), combined with KD’s first-half buzzer beater, turned a close game through 25 minutes into a 16-point halftime lead. The Thunder rolled, 116-101, and the Lakers are free falling into six losses in a row. … You won’t see Pau Gasol going anywhere, as Got ‘Em Coach correctly predicted. Jordan Hill out for the year with a hip injury shut down that trade talk because this team needs every frontcourt player not named Robert Sacre it can get. … Last dispatch from Laker land: Kobe and Vanessa have called off their divorce, according to her Instagram account. … Rudy Gay (23 points), himself a trade talk magnet, hit a big bucket to beat the Spurs, 101-98 in OT. Gay stepped up and drilled a 14-footer. Maybe it was the case these teams were dog tired by OT, or maybe Memphis’ defense is restoring some of its original shine this year, but the Spurs only got three points in OT. Also, Jerryd Bayless came up with one of the season’s top “C’mon man!” entries when he threw an oop Gay wasn’t expecting on a fast break with no one within 20 feet of either of them. The ball just sailed out of bounds. … Minnesota lost a bizarre game to New Orleans, 104-92. The banged-up Wolves, down to nine guys in their rotation, went from 18 points up in the first quarter to as many as 15 down. Nawlins’ bigs woke up and held Nikola Pekovic to eight points over the final three quarters after he had 10 in the first 15 and Greivis Vasquez had another great game, getting 18 points and 13 dimes. … Danilo Gallinari may have a recessive ‘clutch’ gene. He hit a three to beat the Lakers a week ago and then got a triple (part of his 23) as time wound down to bring the Nuggets to a 98-91 win over the Cavs. … Boston nearly gave back all of its 17-point lead on its home floor to Houston, but the Truth shone through with 16 points in the second half (he had 23) in the 103-91 win that wasn’t in doubt the last six minutes. Jared Sullinger‘s been balling during the C’s 5-game win streak, and he had 14 and 11 off the pine Friday. … Hit the jump to hear about Damian Lillard’s big night back home …

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  • Billy

    Not to be rude but your website has gone to shit. I remember couple years back when every night I’d be here and it be some of the best reads I’d get, which some write ups still are and the discussions were amazing. Now there is barely anyone posting in smack anymore, not even trolls, maybe the rest of people got fed up like I did with your guys excessive need for page views? In an write up like this, what the hell is the point of having a second page to click to? It’s annoying, just like when you do a best of list and decide to have ten different pages for each part of the list. By the time anyone gets to the third page, one would give up on waiting for the page to load. In other words, fix your shit, it was enjoyable before but now it’s just extremely annoying. Allen Iverson would be embarassed in being the first cover boy of your publication. Yes, I’ve read since day one…

  • Billy

    FTR, this is the first time, in a long time I’ve been on here.

  • http://www.facebook.com/barbosa.cesar César Barbosa

    now theyre into posting every highlights video they find in youtube

  • Panchitoooo

    You wanna know what really happened? BeiberNewz destroyed this whole blog and what it stood for. That was about 1 year ago when it all went down the crapper. Yah your right this site was awesome before then, youd read the articles and then at least 40+ comments posted on Smack daily, 100+ if it got heated. I used to wait up just to get in the first 10 comments back in the day. Then beibernewz came and caused all this drama that Dime made yo have to sign in on your FB account. Most of us read this site at work and blog during lunch or breaks so that ended there. Also others didnt want stalkers on thier private FB accounts since some of the back and forths got pretty heated/personal. It truly is sad but i still come here for my bball fix just dont post anymore. But maybe this year will be different, we’ll see. Im out like the Dwights Laker career

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=502462484 Ryan Banks

    I concur this site has gone to shiiiit

  • Big Island

    People bitched about Beib, Sporty, the “imposter”, and begged Dime to create a sign in thing. Now that they have it, nobody comes. I personally stopped coming when the page wouldn’t load for like 3 months, I just got a reddit link. Such is life.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rob.i.jarrell Rob IronMan Jarrell

    i agree. I get tired of the highlights because its just filler. show me some real highlights. some of them are so annoying. if youre gonna show a crossover, show someone get broken or dunked on or whatever. every single highlight doesnt need to be posted. The multiple pages is annoying. this thing has gone from posters killing your page with conversation. thats where your hits come from. not going thru every page.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rob.i.jarrell Rob IronMan Jarrell

    Damn i havent seen panchitoo in forever