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Not physical enough

Not physical enough The Thunder won the rebounding battle 48-42, but the Clippers grabbed five of their 12 offensive rebounds in the fourth quarter.

"In this league, an (extra) 30 seconds can win you a game," said Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant. "They got more possessions by rebounding the Basketball. (Even) when they were at the free throw line, they got four points off that."

Thunder coach Scott Brooks said: "They came in and played a physical brand of Basketball. At key moments in the game I didn't think we matched it. When we took the leading going into the fourth quarter we just started fouling... We fought but not hard enough."


Jeff Green, playing with a sore hip following a hard fall in Saturday's win in San Antonio, played a season-low 22 minutes. Nick Collison played a season-high 27 minutes. Green battled foul trouble.

"I didn't think Jeff had his full strength," Brooks said. "And Nick's effort was great. You know Nick is going to give you everything he has."


The Thunder is sinking toward the bottom of the league in 3-point field goal percentage.

After draining a season-high nine 3-pointers in a lopsided win over Orlando a week ago, Oklahoma City has shot 17.8 percent beyond the arc the past three games (8-of-45).

In Sunday's loss, the Thunder was 3-of-20 on 3-pointers.

"You have to shoot them when you're open," Brooks said. "But the rhythm of the game also tells you if you don't have a good flow you have to attack and look for others. I thought all of our shots were decent from the 3-point line."


Oklahoma City led 99-94 with 13.8 seconds left Saturday night at San Antonio. Brooks and his entire staff were livid when the clock didn't start until the Spurs had crossed mid-court. What was the officials' explanation for not using TV monitors to erase at least three seconds that should have elapsed?

"They told me if time had expired on a game-winning shot, they would have reviewed it," Brooks said. "They told me it wasn't reviewable unless time had expires."


The Thunder collected 3,500 cans of perishable food items before Sunday's game, which Homeland Stores will match. The Central Oklahoma Food Bank said estimated the combined total will be 3.5 tons of food.

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