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Today we had another win. So that was fun. In other news we recalled Mullens from the 66ers, you can get free tickets for donating blood, and there's a nice little article about recently-cut-Thunder player Shaun Livingston's frosh sister. Plus a few more intriguing articles.

Recap: Washington vs. Oklahoma City - Basketball Wires -
Kevin Durant led all scorers with 35 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, as the Oklahoma City Thunder claimed a 110-98 decision over the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center. Jeff Green added 18 points and Russell Westbrook donated 11 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds for the Thunder, who have won four straight. James Harden ended with 11 points for Oklahoma City, which shot 54.4 percent from the field and 10-of-18 from three-point range.

THUNDER: Thunder Recalls Byron Mullens From 66ers
[So ... has anyone actually watched him play recently? Care to comment?] OKLAHOMA CITY, December 28, 2009 – Oklahoma City Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced today that the team has recalled center Byron Mullens from the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League. Mullens appeared in 11 games (11 starts) for the 66ers since he was originally assigned to Tulsa on November 21. The 7-0 center averaged 15.8 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.27 blocks per contest while with Tulsa.

Oklahoma Blood Institute is asking for help as supply gets low |
[So I'm not sure all the specifics of this, but it looks like a damn good deal -- help a good cause AND score free tickets ...] The Oklahoma Blood Institute and the Oklahoma City Thunder are hosting a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the southwest entrance of the Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens. Each donor will receive a voucher redeemable for two free tickets to a future Thunder game, while supplies last.

Holiday Classic: Morton frosh with NBA ties making a name for herself
When you are trying to make a name for yourself as a high school freshman basketball player, there are pros and cons to having a brother with NBA experience. Just ask Sarah Livingston-Aupperle, who has helped Morton (6-7) go 1-1 the first two days of the State Farm Holiday Classic to reach the consolation semifinals. She is the sister of Shaun Livingston, who has played for three NBA teams in parts of six seasons.

Hardwood Paroxysm " Blog Archive " Have Respect: He Was Legend
For example, take the Sacramento Kings and Oklahoma City Thunder of last year. Do we even remember how atrocious these teams were? They combined for a record of 40-124. The Kings were worst defensive team in the league. The Thunder were the second worst offensive team in the NBA. But looking at the way they are now, the futures look so bright we can’t even see the doldrums that plagued two fan bases from just eight months ago. - Ada, Oklahoma - Big time hasn't changed Miller time
But last fall, Miller’s career took a "Thunder-ous" step forward, when he won a multi-layered competition and became the home announcer for the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA team’s first year after it had moved from Seattle. Miller — a former basketball standout at Vanoss and Byng during his high school career and a speech teacher and tennis coach at Harrah High School when he won the Thunder job — suddenly joined a select sports fraternity. And the on-the-job training he began in Ada continued during a first season in which Oklahoma’s only major league team was one of the worst in pro basketball.

Oklahoma City @ Washington GameThread - Bullets Forever
Okay, fine, one quick thought: I think Flip Saunders deserves a lot of blame for this loss. Strategically, the decision to go zone for basically the entire fourth quarter and overtime is pretty questionable when you're being killed on the glass. Memphis scored at will in overtime, and the only possession Washington stopped them and held them to one shot came when they were in man. The other issue I have is with subbing out both Brendan Haywood and Gilbert Arenas at the same time in the fourth quarter. Neither had foul trouble (Arenas had three, Haywood had four). Arenas eventually came back in quickly, but Haywood sat longer as Memphis' lead ballooned. As soon as Haywood returned for Earl Boykins, we got right back into the game. It's far better to rest Haywood and Arenas in the third quarter rather than the fourth.