Durant, Westbrook lead Thunder past Rockets
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Kevin Durant scored 42 points to help the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the Houston Rockets 106-98 on Tuesday night.
Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook scored 24 points and got the best of nemesis Patrick Beverley. During last year's playoffs, Beverley dived for the ball and ran into Westbrook's right knee as a timeout was being called, causing the injury that ended Westbrook's season and cost him about half of this season. It was their first meeting since the incident.
Serge Ibaka had 12 points and 16 rebounds for the Thunder, who had lost two straight.
Former Thunder guard James Harden scored 28 points, Chandler Parsons scored 19 and Dwight Howard had nine points and 10 rebounds for the Rockets. Houston had won five straight, including victories over Miami, Indiana and Portland.
BIG 12-TEXAS TECH-OKLAHOMA ST
Oklahoma St.-Texas Tech to meet in Big 12 tourney
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma State is set to take on Texas Tech in the first round of the Big 12 Conference basketball tournament in Kansas City, Mo.
The Cowboys and Red Raiders are to tip off at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Sprint Center.
OSU is 20-11 overall and went 8-10 in the Big 12 after Saturday's 85-81 overtime loss at Iowa State. Texas Tech is 14-17 on the season and was 6-12 in conference play after beating Texas 59-53 on Saturday.
T25-BIG 12 TOURNAMENT
Brutal Big 12 tournament promises to be wide open
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Big 12 coaches are having a hard time choosing a favorite to win the league tournament, which begins Wednesday night at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.
That's because just about everyone has a chance.
One of the toughest conferences in the country has produced a postseason tournament packed with intrigue. Top-seeded Kansas has been rewarded with a first-round bye, but could face eighth-seeded Oklahoma State in the Thursday's quarterfinals. Baylor and West Virginia are two teams that know a win or two could be crucial to their NCAA tournament hopes.
It all begins Wednesday night, when the Cowboys play No. 9 seed Texas Tech. Seventh-seeded Baylor plays No. 10 seed TCU in the nightcap.
Iowa State-Kansas State and Texas-West Virginia are already set for Thursday.
U. of Tula announces 2014 football schedule
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - The University of Tulsa will open the 2014 football season in a new conference and with a conference home game against Tulane.
TU announced Tuesday that the Golden Hurricane and the Green Wave will meet Aug. 30 in an American Athletic Conference game at Chapman Stadium in the first AAC game for both teams.
That game will be followed a week later when TU hosts Oklahoma.
TU also has home games Sept. 27 against Texas State; Oct. 18 against South Florida; Nov. 8 against SMU; and Nov. 28 against East Carolina.
Road games will be Sept. 13 at Florida Atlantic; Oct. 4 at Colorado State; Oct. 11 at Temple; Oct. 31 at Memphis; Nov. 14 at Central Florida; and Nov. 22 at Houston.
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