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FILE - In this March 8, 2020, file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan watches during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston. The Chicago Bulls hired Donovan as coach Tuesday, Sept. 22. The 55-year-old Donovan spent the last five seasons with the Thunder. He replaces Jim Boylen, who was fired after the Bulls finished 22-43 and were one of the eight teams that didn’t qualify for the NBA’s restart at Walt Disney World. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

For Donovan, job with Bulls 'came out of left field'

Sep. 24, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls weren't on Billy Donovan's radar when he and the Oklahoma City Thunder parted ways after five successful seasons. Things sure changed in a hurry. “I wasn’t looking at anything," Donovan said. "It was five great years in Oklahoma City. I think it’s...

FILE - In this March 8, 2020, file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan watches during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston. The Chicago Bulls hired Donovan as coach Tuesday, Sept. 22. The 55-year-old Donovan spent the last five seasons with the Thunder. He replaces Jim Boylen, who was fired after the Bulls finished 22-43 and were one of the eight teams that didn’t qualify for the NBA’s restart at Walt Disney World. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

Bulls snag big name in coaching search, hire Billy Donovan

Sep. 22, 2020 8:00 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Billy Donovan wasn't on the market for long — hardly a shocker given he's won everywhere he's coached. That he's headed to Chicago might be a surprise, only because big and bold moves have been few and far between for the team. Then again, these aren't the same old Bulls. Chicago...

Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Billy Donovan, rear, looks onto the court as Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) walks by during the second half of an NBA first-round playoff basketball game in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Billy Donovan out as Thunder coach after 5 seasons

Sep. 8, 2020 11:51 PM EDT

Billy Donovan won't return as coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder after five seasons, the team announced Tuesday night, ending a largely successful run that ought to make him an attractive candidate for jobs around the league. Donovan, who was at the end of his contract, took the Thunder to the playoffs every year...

Billy Donovan won't return as coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder after five seasons, team announces.

Sep. 8, 2020 9:21 PM EDT
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (AP) — Billy Donovan won't return as coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder after five seasons, team announces.
Oklahoma City Thunder's Luguentz Dort (5) has his 3-point attempt blocked by Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) as referee Pat Fraher, left rear, looks on during the second half of an NBA first-round playoff basketball game in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Rockets edge Thunder to win wild Game 7, move on to Lakers

Sep. 3, 2020 1:38 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — James Harden couldn't get his shot to fall all night, so the scorer turned stopper. In this wild Game 7 that took one strange turn after another in the final seconds, the biggest play came when a guy known almost entirely for his offense turned up the defense. Harden made up...

Oklahoma City Thunder's Chris Paul (3), Dennis Schroder (17), head coach Billy Donovan, center rear, and others celebrate their 104-100 win against the Houston Rockets in an NBA first-round playoff basketball game, Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

It's Game 7 for Thunder-Rockets, Game 2 on tap in Heat-Bucks

Sep. 1, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The last time the Houston Rockets played a Game 7, they didn’t have Chris Paul and they wound up losing. Paul wants to see history repeat itself. The former Houston guard simply has willed fifth-seeded Oklahoma City into a deciding game of its Western Conference...

Oklahoma City Thunder's Dennis Schroder (17) is forced to pass the ball as Houston Rockets' Russell Westbrook, bottom center, Jeff Green (32) and P.J. Tucker (17) defend during the second half of an NBA first-round playoff basketball game, Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Paul has 28, helps Thunder force Game 7 against the Rockets

Sep. 1, 2020 12:59 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Chris Paul and the Thunder had their backs to the bubble wall, a tougher spot than usual when facing elimination. This time meant lots of packing, getting ready for a potential return home after a long time away. They weren't interested in their trip — or their season...

Houston Rockets' Russell Westbrook (0), Eric Gordon (10) and Robert Covington celebrate during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game against the Oklahoma City Thunder Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Rockets can advance, Thunder look to force a Game 7

Aug. 30, 2020 5:55 PM EDT

The law of averages says an Oklahoma City Thunder starter will make a 3-pointer relatively quickly on Monday night. Someone better, or else. Houston — which famously wasted a chance to reach the NBA Finals by missing 27 consecutive 3-pointers in Game 7 of the 2018 Western Conference finals — is a...

Houston Rockets' P.J. Tucker, center, his held back by Oklahoma City Thunder's Steven Adams, right, as he confronts Dennis Schroder (17) after a foul during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Both players were ejected. Both Schroder and Tucker were ejected from the game. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Harden scores 31 points, Rockets beat Thunder for 3-2 lead

Aug. 29, 2020 10:30 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Russell Westbrook returned. Dennis Schroder left. That was a fortunate turn of events for the Houston Rockets. James Harden scored 31 points, and Westbrook came back from an injury to face his former team in the playoffs for the first time, helping the Rockets beat the...

Houston Rockets' P.J. Tucker, center, his held back by Oklahoma City Thunder's Steven Adams, right, as he confronts Dennis Schroder (17) after a foul during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Both players were ejected. Both Schroder and Tucker were ejected from the game. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Tucker, Schroder ejected from Rockets-Thunder playoff game

Aug. 29, 2020 8:38 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Houston’s P.J. Tucker and Oklahoma City's Dennis Schroder were ejected from Game 5 of their first-round playoff series Saturday night after a tussle following a hard pick that sent them both to the floor. Midway through the third quarter with Houston leading 67-49,...