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Serge Ibaka makes buzzer-beater to knock of Thunder

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Magic fans have been hoping Serge Ibaka would start to play like he was in Oklahoma City. On Sunday night, he did. In his first game back in the arena where he starred for the Thunder, Ibaka had his best game in a Magic uniform by far, scoring 31 points, hauling down eight rebounds and blocking four shots. His final two points came on a nine-footer with 0.4 seconds left to give the Magic a 119-117 win over the Thunder.…

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Billy Donovan copes with Kevin Durant’s exit

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Billy Donovan knew it might come to this. After a remarkable rookie season as an NBA coach, he was unable to persuade Kevin Durant to stay in Oklahoma City. Call it the Kexit, as coined by the Orlando Sentinel’s David Whitley. While there is no real comparison between Durant’s departure from OKC and a nation leaving the European Union, both events produced shock waves in their own way. When Donovan left Gainesville for Muskogee, his job description was condensed to…

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Rookie Billy Donovan already a great NBA coach

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Billy Donovan and the Oklahoma City Thunder are doing the impossible. The former Gator and current rookie NBA coach and his players are dominating the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors in all phases of the game, but especially coaching. The Thunder can advance to the NBA Finals if they can win Game 5 in Oakland on Thursday night. If not, they will have two more chances. Oklahoma City leads the Western Conference Finals three games to one after two…

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Former Gator Coach Billy Donovan thriving in NBA

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When Billy Donovan was lured away from the University of Florida to take over the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder, some of the experts feared for his long term security. Donovan was entrenched in Gainesville, having won two national championships and eight Southeastern Conference titles in his 19 seasons there. He endured only three losing seasons; his first two and his last. Still, despite last season’s 16-17 record, few expected him to bolt for the NBA. Or perhaps he might change…

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