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News » Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2009-01-30

Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2009-01-30

Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2009-01-30
Getting down and dirty on defense is paying off for the surging Thunder. Oklahoma City has won eight of 14 games after Wednesday's home victory over Memphis.

The Thunder held its opposition to 100 or less points during regulation in eight of those games, racking up a 7-1 record. Oklahoma City was absolutely smothering Monday in a 94-85 victory over New Jersey and led by as many as 30 at one point.

The third quarter might have been the Thunder's best of the season. An 11-point lead at the break became 28 after Oklahoma City outscored New Jersey 31-14 in the third. The Nets were held to 4-of-20 shooting in the quarter, missing 11 of their first 12 shots.

"We got the stops we needed and we got the scores we needed," forward Kevin Durant said. "I felt like every time down the floor, we could score."

Though it's an extreme case -- no team routinely wins quarters by 17 -- those 12 minutes Monday offer up a recipe for success.

"We built a lead because we played contest-every-shot defense and we did a good job of moving the ball," coach Scott Brooks said. "In that third quarter it was really good to see. We spaced the floor and guys really stayed within themselves and they did a good job."

THUNDER 114, GRIZZLIES 102 (OT): Oklahoma City gave away a surefire win at the end of regulation Wednesday night, but made up for it in overtime by blasting visiting Memphis in the extra period. The Thunder (11-35) was up 100-94 with about a minute left before the Grizzlies scored six straight to extend the game.

After Memphis scored the first basket in overtime, it was all Oklahoma City. Kevin Durant (35 points) keyed a 14-0 run that clinched the Thunder's eighth win in the last 14 games. Jeff Green scored 23 and connected on a career-high five three-pointers. Russell Westbrook added 16 points.

Rudy Gay (25 points) topped Memphis, which has lost 11 in a row and the first two games under new coach Lionel Hollins. O.J. Mayo scored 17, while Mike Conley and Marc Gasol added 15 each.

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