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  • OKLAHOMA CITY -- Thunder fans who braved ice, snow and single-digit temperatures got a special treat -- a look at the old Russell Westbrook. Air Max 97 Nz Wholesale . The three-time All-Star scored 26 points to lead Oklahoma City past the Charlotte Bobcats 116-99 Sunday night. He was 10 of 12 from the floor in 25 minutes in his fifth game since returning from right knee surgery. He has steadily improved and is looking more like the player he was before he missed 27 games. "He was aggressive all night, playing downhill on the pick and rolls," said Thunder forward Kevin Durant, who finished with 28 points. "He was just great tonight. That was good to see." Westbrook said he needed time to get comfortable again. "The more I play, the more rhythm Im able to catch and the more rhythm Im able to get," he said. Reggie Jackson scored 17 points and Serge Ibaka had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Thunder, who won their second straight after losing their first three games following the All-Star break. Oklahoma City outrebounded the Bobcats 44-29. Durant made just 8 of 24 field goals, but sank all 12 of his free throws. He also had six rebounds and five assists. "I get a lot of shots, man," Durant said. "Theres going to be nights when I feel like that. Its a part of the game, and I think thats the beauty of the game -- just trying to fight through the obstacles, do what I can to help my team." Al Jefferson scored 25 points and Anthony Tolliver added 17 for the Bobcats, who had won four straight before losses to San Antonio and Oklahoma City. The Thunder made 13 of 24 shots in the fourth quarter to outscore the Bobcats 31-18. Charlotte coach Steve Clifford said his team had the wrong mindset to close the game. "I think through three quarters we did a good job, but we came out in the fourth, and again, particularly when they brought their starters back, we just couldnt contain the ball and couldnt keep the ball out of the paint, which has been something weve been good at all year," he said. Westbrook scored 17 points on 7-for-7 shooting in the first half to help the Thunder take a 61-55 lead at the break. "He set the tone the first half," Clifford said. "He always plays with high energy, and if hes going to make all the shots, then theyre going to be hard to beat." Jefferson had 15 points on 7-for-9 shooting. The Bobcats shot 54 per cent in the first half, but were outrebounded 20-13. The Bobcats started off hot in the second half. A 3-point play by Gerald Henderson trimmed Oklahoma Citys lead to 61-60. The Thunder responded with a 6-0 run, including two putback baskets by Steven Adams, to take a 67-60 lead. Westbrook showed some of his explosiveness after a steal. He drove down court, then extended his right arm and elevated for a powerful one-handed throwdown to give the Thunder a 77-67 lead. "Tonight, he was phenomenal," Durant said. "He was great. That dunk capped it off." The Bobcats hung tough and trailed just 85-81 at the end of the third quarter. Charlotte cut the deficit to 86-84 early in the fourth quarter, but the Thunder responded with an 8-2 run. A perfectly executed pick-and-roll ended with Durant scoring on a pass from Westbrook, and Ibaka scored on the next possession to give the Thunder a 104-92 lead and put the game out of reach. Westbrook, who also had five assists, dominated from the start. "I thought Russell really had a great command of the game," Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said. "I think it is good to see him continue to get his game legs under him. I give the staff a lot of credit. They have put him in a position to get better day by day." NOTES: Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti announced before the game that Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha would miss four to six weeks with a left calf strain. Sefolosha left Fridays game against Memphis in the first half and didnt return. ... Several Oklahoma City players, including Durant and Westbrook, travelled to Stillwater, Okla., Saturday night to watch Oklahoma State upset No. 5 Kansas. ... Presti said new acquisition Caron Butler will be with the team Monday after the Thunder signed him Saturday. ... Durant was called for a technical foul in the first quarter after being whistled for a carry and disagreeing with the call. Cheap Air Max 97 Nz Free Shipping . - Chris Davis hit a two-run double, scoring Nelson Cruz in his Orioles debut in Baltimores 9-7 win over to the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday. Cheap Air Max 97 Nz Sale . The right-hander said he threw about 30 pitches in a routine bullpen session Sunday at Yankee Stadium, his final hurdle before starting Tuesday night at Tampa Bay.Eugenie Bouchard would have chosen a different career path if she wasnt comfortable with the spotlight.The 20-year-old Canadian tennis star surged from relative anonymity to household name in 2014, reaching two Grand Slam semis before making an appearance in Julys Wimbledon final.That success on the court led to increased fame off it, but Bouchard says she wouldnt have it any other way.I knew what I was signing up for, Bouchard said on a conference call Wednesday. If didnt want attention I would have been a librarian, so I think its all good.I just need to make sure I know the priority is tennis.The Westmount, Que., native — who was named the WTAs most improved player this week — said it didnt take long for her to realize life would be drastically different as she shot up the rankings, especially after Wimbledon.It took me a couple days to get over it and get used to the whole situation, said Bouchard, the first Canadian singles player to make a Grand Slam final in the modern era. I dont know if its something you do get used to ... everyone, especially in Montreal, just coming up to you and talking to you and asking for pictures and trying to take your picture.Thats just one side of it. Of course theres a lot of off-court requests and things like that. I really just need to manage my time better. I feel like Ive done a good job, but thats definitely what I need to do.Bouchard, who rose as high as No. 5 in the world and also qualified for the season-ending WTA finals, said making her first Grand Slam semi at the Australian Open in January was a watershed moment.I kind of just proved to myself I could play on a big stage, she said. I played on centre court in the quarters and was able to win a tough match and play with all the attention and everything surrounding that tournament.I proved to myself I could handle those situations and I could play with the top players in the later stages of Grand Slams, which is so crucial.The current world No. 7, Bouchard said she tries to look ahead, but added that her loss at Wimbledon to Petra Kvitova is one she would like to have back.Just to be able to play it (again), whether I were to win or lose ... just to experience that moment again, she said. Besides that Im not going to dwell on the past. I think its important to just learnn from it, but keep moving forward. Cheap Air Max 97 Nz Online. Bouchard said her approach and confidence on the court is one of the biggest changes shes undergone in the last 12 months.I have so much more experience now than November 2013, she said. Ive really gone through a lot. I feel like nerves going on a big stage have improved, staying mentally tough in matches. When Im playing a good opponent — top-10, top-5 — I believe in myself more now than I did.Bouchard said she wants to cut down on the number of tournaments she plays in 2015 to reduce wear and tear after she suffered some injuries as the season wore on. She has also yet to decide if she will play in Canadas World Group I Fed Cup tie against the Czech Republic in February.When you go deeper into the draws, especially at bigger tournaments, its just so much more stressful on the body and the mind, said Bouchard. Its important to have those rest periods.(But) its hard for me to scale down tournaments because I love playing and Im so competitive.Bouchard, who earned US$3.22 million in prize money in 2014, pointed to that competitive spirit as one of her key attributes.I put a lot of pressure on myself because I have high expectations, said Bouchard. I just always want to try and be the best I can be at everything I do, whether its tennis or a board game with my family.Bouchard defeated Karolina Pliskova in Nurnberg, Germany, in May for her first career WTA title, but she stumbled a bit after Wimbledon, including a loss in her opening match of the Rogers Cup in Montreal.It just showed me how much I can still improve, Bouchard said of the second half of her season. I feel like Ive raised my level so much this year, but I feel like I can still do so much better.Bouchard just got back training a few days ago and will play one tournament in the new year before the Australian Open in January.While many people were caught off guard by her success, Bouchard said she expected nothing less.Tennis is something Ive been doing since I was five years old and Ive had dreams of winning Grand Slams since I was very young, she said. Ive put in 15 years of hard work (and) Ive always believed in myself. Great results are great, but to me theyre no surprise.This year has definitely been a good step forward for me in my journey. Wholesale China Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Nike NFL Jerseys China Wholesale Nike Basketball Jerseys Hockey Jerseys ChinaSupply Baseball Jerseys Football Jerseys Sale Authentic College Jerseys MLB Jerseys China Stitched Soccer Jerseys Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap Nike Jerseys ' ' '