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News » Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2009-11-16

Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2009-11-16

Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2009-11-16As much as Thunder players don't want to overplay any one victory, knocking off the Spurs on their home floor can't be ignored. Yes, it counts as just one "W" in the standings, but the significance wasn't lost.

"This was a good road win for us to come win here on their floor where they've won championships." Kevin Durant said. "To come in a game where people said that Oklahoma City had no chance and then fight through adversity -- we did a good job in making a push in the third quarter, which I believe led to our win."

The performance was more impressive considering the circumstances. Unlike the previous "biggest" win of the season, a home beating of Orlando without Vince Carter and Rashard Lewis, the Spurs had a full complement of players with Tim Duncan and Tony Parker back.

"It does a lot for us, especially with this being a win on the road," Russell Westbrook said.

"I like the way our team competes," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. "All I ask from these guys is to play hard and play for each other. The success of the game will come."

They put together another gritty performance Sunday against the Clippers but watched the lead slip away late in the home loss.

CLIPPERS 101, THUNDER 93: Oklahoma City didn't build on the momentum of its two-game winning streak, including beating the Spurs the previous night, by falling at home Sunday to the Clippers. The Thunder (5-5) squandered a chance to improve to two games over .500 for the second time this season.

Kevin Durant scored a season-high 40 and added eight rebounds, but the Thunder was outscored by nine in the fourth quarter after wrestling away the lead in the third. Russell Westbrook added 17 points for OKC, and Nenad Krstic (10 points) was the only other OKC player in double figures.

Clippers point guard Baron Davis scored 24 points, including a big 3-pointer that gave the visitors a four-point lead in the final minute. Chris Kaman had 25 for Los Angles, which fell to OKC last week at home.

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