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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Kevin Durants rare streak of games with least 25 points continued, and San Antonios run of 19 straight wins came to a halt. Willie McGee Jersey . Another streak might mean more than both of them -- Oklahoma Citys season sweep. Durant scored 28 points and Russell Westbrook scored 27 to help the Thunder defeat San Antonio 106-94 on Thursday night in a showdown of the top two teams in the Western Conference. Oklahoma City won all four games against the Spurs this season, and this was the most lopsided result. "Thats a big thing," Westbrook said. "When you have a team thats a good basketball team -- theyre the No. 1 team in the West, and we want to be the best team, youve got to beat the best. I think we did a great job of that tonight." Serge Ibaka added 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Thunder, who trail San Antonio by three games with eight remaining. Durant scored at least 25 points for the 39th consecutive game, the longest streak since Michael Jordan did it 40 consecutive times during the 1986-87 season. He reached 25 on a free throw with 3:31 remaining, drawing a roar from the crowd. "That was a cool feeling," Durant said. "I dont want to take those moments for granted. Its not what Im really playing the game for, but it is still cool to see that support from such great fans, no matter what." Durant can match Jordans mark, the longest such streak in the past 50 years, Friday in Houston. "Thats a lot of games to be scoring 25 points in a row," Westbrook said. "You cant just not think about that. Thats an unbelievable stat. I think he may just finish the season doing that. He does that in his sleep." The Thunder shot 59 per cent in the second half to pull away. Oklahoma City scored 30 points off San Antonios 19 turnovers. "Too many turnovers led to too many points, and thats the ballgame," San Antonio guard Danny Green said. "If we changed that, its probably a totally different game." Patty Mills scored 21 points and Kawhi Leonard and Tim Duncan each added 17 for the Spurs, who hadnt lost since Feb. 21. "We never thought about the streak in the first place," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. "To us, it is just another game." Spurs reserve Manu Ginobili did not play. The veteran guard was not listed on the injury report, and Popovich did not explain why Ginobili was out. Oklahoma City trailed 51-43 in the second quarter before Westbrook drained a 3-pointer, then made a layup with 2.6 seconds left in the first half to cut the deficit to 51-48 at halftime. Westbrook had struggled with his shot before that flurry. "You may miss a few shots here and there, but youve got to keep your mind in the game and stay in the moment," Westbrook said. The Thunder continued their surge in the second half. Rookie Andre Roberson hit a 3-pointer gave the Thunder a 57-56 lead. A lob from Reggie Jackson to Durant for a dunk gave Oklahoma City a 75-65 lead. Durant hit a running jumper in the closing seconds of the third quarter to put the Thunder up 80-71. He scored 12 points on 6-for-9 shooting in the period. Oklahoma City pushed its lead to 16, but San Antonio went on an 8-0 run to pull to 91-83. The Thunder regained control. Westbrook got into the open court, clutched and threw down a reverse dunk to bump Oklahoma Citys lead back up to 95-83 with 5:25 to play. "We just made the second and third efforts," Durant said. "We did a good job of helping each other on the defensive end, and once you do that, you give yourself a good chance." The Spurs said they will study the game and move forward. "You can learn a lot from a loss," Green said. "Obviously, Id rather learn from a win, but sometimes, you feel like you can learn more from a loss. Well go back to the drawing board tonight." NOTES: Jackson played after sitting the previous two games with a mid-back sprain. ... Thunder C Kendrick Perkins returned to action after missing the previous 17 games with a left groin strain he suffered against the Miami Heat. ... Duncan and Perkins got tangled up early in the third quarter, and both were issued technical fouls. Perkins had his arm around Duncan, Duncan threw it off, and Perkins shoved Duncan. ... Thunder reserve F Nick Collison left the game in the third quarter after he took an elbow to the head from San Antonio reserve F Jeff Ayres and was bleeding. He got four staples and was ready to play early in the fourth quarter. ... Westbrook was issued a technical with 1:07 remaining after arguing with the officials. Adam Wainwright Jersey . Off-Season Game Plan looks at what the Blue Jackets may do to build upon last seasons success to return to the playoffs again next year. St. Louis Cardinals Jerseys . -- LeGarrette Blount wasnt satisfied with three short touchdown runs, not against a team coming off the second greatest comeback in playoff history. http://www.authenticcardinalspro.com/cardinals-trevor-rosenthal-jersey/ . The Canucks figured to be active prior to Wednesdays trade deadline, getting a jump on things the previous day when they dealt goaltender Roberto Luongo to the Florida Panthers for netminder Jacob Markstrom and forward Shawn Matthias.TSN football analyst Chris Schultz breaks down all the teams and each division in the NFL leading up to the regular season. Next up, the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings of the NFC North. Green Bay Packers In the NFC North, all four teams need to improve defensively to match their potential offensively. The Packers are no different, after finishing 24th in scoring defence and 25th in yards allowed last year. They have to face Adrian Peterson twice a year, Brandon Marshall , Alshon Jeffery and now Santonio Holmes twice a year, and finally Matthew Stafford with Calvin Johnson twice a year. In many ways the winner of the NFC North may not be due to the strength they all have with the ball, but instead may be who improves the most without the ball. The Packers are trying to be that team. Again, outside of one player, free agency was quite quiet for the Packers. Year after year as their opponents try to purchase talent to build a team, the Packers draft, develop and retain what they have drafted and developed. Still, Julius Peppers is a big signing. If energized - at 34 years old and moving into his 13th year - his talent with Clay Matthews could give the Packers the best third down pass rushers in the division. It will also be really interesting to see how Peppers adapts to more linebacker play on first and second down, after spending his career to date at defensive end. Dom Capers has an excellent chess piece in Peppers if he is rejuvenated this season. In the draft, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix may be a great colourful name but he was a need pick for Green Bay as safety was a concern. As is consistent with his winning ways, general manager Ted Thompson kept as many Packers from last year to this year as he could. Cornerback Sam Shields, nose tackle BJ Raji and outside linebacker Mike Neal were all re-signed in free agency. So defence is the worry, offence is not. I think Aaron Rodgers is the best quarterback in football and, if he can stay healthy all 16 games, what happened previously will happen again, and thats football success. With Rodgers arm teams cant overload the tackle box, but with Eddie Lacy they have to overload the tackle box. Rodgers will be able to ying and yang defences into submission because he now has a top running back to complement his top receiver Jordy Nelson. With Bryan Bulaga at right tackle and the experience David Bakhtiari got last year at left tackle, Rodgers has everything he needs - most importantly himself. We will know a lot about Green Bay once they play the Seahawks in Seattle on Thursday September 4. They win that one, they are on their way. When you talk about good coaches that run solid programs, Mike McCarthy is not as praised as the Belichicks or the Harbaughs, but he is an amazing 82-45 in his career, and in 2011, he won 15 regular season games. Many organizations are run very well in NFL football today, and the Packers are as good as any. Packers take first in the NFC North. Chicago Bears The Chicago Bears were a really good 8-8 football team in 2013. If they can turn around their defence the way they turned around their offence in one year, then the Bears will not only be a playoff team but could win a tough NFC North. On offence the Bears improved from No. 28 to eighth in total yards achieved and from 29th to fifth in passing yards created. They also improved from 27th to fourth in protecting the quarterback. That is an absolutely remarkable turnaround. The problem is on defence as they gave up 478 points, an all-time franchise high. Chicago is similar to Dallas in the disparity from offence to defence but the Bears were extremely proactive in improving their defence while Dallas lost their middle linebacker, had their safety suspended and were salary cap limited in creating a high number of new players. Jared Allen, Willie Young and Lamarr Houston are all good pass rushers who were brought in through free agency. M.D. Jennings, Danny McCray and Ryan Mundy all play either free or strong safety. Their No. 1 pick Kyle Fuller is a top cornerback and the Bears drafted two other defensive tackles and another safety. Chicago realized their trouble and overloaded the effort to find a defence as good as the offence. When the 2013 season started no one was 100 per cent confident that Marc Trestman was going to slide in to one of only 32 NFL jobs and be respected. But his ability to get a lot out of Jay Cutler and even more significantly out of Josh McCown who found a good payday in Tampa Bay. And as a head coach Trestman has the courage to start young players. One of the obvious aspects of Chicagos success is the trio of Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and Matt Forte. But the secret of the Bears success was the play of two rookies that played side by side. And side by side is very unusual. Yet Kyle Long at left guard and Jordon Mills at left tackle out of Oregon and Louisiana Tech were outstanding as rookies. They played like players with four or five years of experience. Without their emergence, Cutler would not have connected with Marshall, Jeffery and Forte the way he did. The Bears will look for similar protection this year as Cutler attempts to pass to what may be the best top-three receiver group in football; Marshall, Jeffery and free-agent signee Santonio Holmes. The Bears are going to score points, but can theyy stop Green Bay from scoring on them with Aaron Rodgers, and stop the Vikings from running on them with Adrian Peterson, and contain the best receiver in football from scoring touchdowns on them who resides in Detroit by the name of Calvin Johnson? If they do this they could be one of the best teams in Chicago in a long time. Orlando Cepeda Jersey. The challenge is huge as the Bears is on defence, where the group ranked 30th overall, 32nd in run defence, tied in points allowed at 30th and were the 31st in getting to the quarterback. Can what happened on offence last year happen on defence, marking an instantaneous improvement? I say yes. Bears finish second in the NFC North. Detroit Lions The single greatest question ever spoken is why? In the case of the Detroit Lions, the question is why did this team start the season 6-3 but end the season 1-7? There are conversations of discipline and professional apathy and the reality of Matthew Staffords 14 turnovers and 54 per cent completion rate over the last seven games but the answer remains somewhat inconclusive going into the 2014 season. When you lose your final four and go 1-7, something has to happen, and it did. Jim Schwartz has moved on to run the defence not very far away in Buffalo and Jim Caldwell has been hired to try a different approach. Its good for Caldwell in that his previous head coaching experience had Peyton Manning at quarterback. His present coaching experience he will have Stafford at quarterback. Stafford threw the ball 634 times last year, an extremely high number. I am sure the goal for this years Lions team is not to put so much focus on pass protection and quarterback production. Or maybe not. The best receiver in football is Calvin Johnson. His physical gifts are intense and sometimes so oblivious his skills as a receiver are overlooked. There are only five or six receivers that dictate coverage every play. Johnson is one of them. The closer you play your strong safety to the line of scrimmage, the more room Johnson has 1-on-1 in open space. Staffords success is due to many, including himself. But Johnson can make Stafford look good more than any other player. With 634 passes thrown by Stafford and only 19 interceptions, a key for Detroit will be to create more turnovers as they ended the season with a minus-12 takeaway/giveaway ratio. Detroit will score points but have to stop others from scoring as well. With Aaron Rodgers and Jay Cutler in the division, you cant expect to outscore everyone and win 10 games. The pass rush and pass coverage has to improve for dramatic success. Caldwell has a calm demeanour as a head coach. He has taken a job where off-field issues created on-field concerns. I am sure his message has been given and heeded by the players. If not, Caldwell, with his wealth of experience, will sacrifice talent for conduct if needed. The Lions have not had a home playoff game in 20 years. If the team was to be the surprise of the league this year, the fan response would be phenomenal as it has been so long. And to achieve an enthusiastic response this year, the most important weeks for Detroit are the last two (Week 16 at Chicago and Week 17 at Green Bay). To Lions fans, those two weeks mean everything to set up a first in 20 years: a home playoff game. Detroit - Third in the NFC North. Minnesota Vikings The Minnesota Vikings will be an interesting team this year after hiring Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer as head coach. Some coaches are pullers and some are pushers. A puller is a coach that pulls you in to a program and works with you to improve. As you begin to believe in the program, you buy in and begin to win. Jim Caldwell comes to mind as a puller. The other type of coach is a pusher and as you would expect, he pushes. He is the boss, no doubt, and uses pressure and confrontation sarcasm with a rare compliment to keep you sane. Bill Belichick is a pusher. Both styles work and, as a pusher, Zimmer given time will work out well as coach of the Vikings. The best move hes made was hiring Norv Turner to run the offence and develop a quarterback. You cant say that Turner was a great head coach, but you can say he gets a lot out of quarterbacks. The Vikings will also improve on defence and given time you will see the Bengals of just last year in purple uniforms. They will use multiple fronts, but with four or more good pass rushers and two exceptional cornerbacks, Zimmer knows exactly what he wants. The number one question for the Vikings is how fast Teddy Bridgewater progresses. You dont trade up into the first round unless you believe in a players future and have confidence in his past. With a running back like Adrian Peterson, two good offensive tackles in Phil Loadholt and Matt Kalil, and a surprise player with Cordarrelle Patterson, Bridgewater is in an excellent situation. This will be a tough year for the Vikings. They won only five games last year and looking at their schedule they may only win five again. In a five-game stretch this season, they play Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford. And that run starts after playing an improved Rams team in St. Louis to begin the season. Im not sure if you can expect another 2,000-yard season from Peterson, but I am sure you can see an improved Vikings team under the demands of Zimmer, given time. Vikings finish fourth in the NFC North. Youth NFL Jerseys China Wholesale Throwback Jerseys Disocunt Football Jerseys China Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping Wholesale NFL Gear Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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