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News » Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2009-03-07


Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2009-03-07


Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2009-03-07
The Thunder are nothing if not resilient. In the last several weeks alone, Oklahoma City suffered through a seven-game losing streak, coughed up a 12-point fourth-quarter lead and saw its top two scorers sidelined.

So what happened in their last meeting with Dallas without Kevin Durant and Jeff Green? The Thunder beat the Mavericks.

"This was a team win," coach Scott Brooks said. "Guys that hadn't played much came in and performed. The reason why they did that is because they prepared for the opportunity in practice.

"I know that they hadn't gotten as many opportunities as they would have liked, but we're building a team. We've got 14 guys and it's going to take all 14 guys pushing each other in practice. That allows us to have guys step in and do a good job when we're shorthanded."

The wins may remain few and far between as the regular season winds down, but the Thunder aren't about to mail it in.

"As a team we are starting to show, game in and game out, that we can play with any team in the NBA," center Nenad Krstic said.

THUNDER 88, WIZARDS 83: Oklahoma City won its season-high third straight game Wednesday night by holding off Washington at home. The Thunder improved to 16-45 overall and 12-20 at home.

The Thunder needed key scores from guards Russell Westbrook and Thabo Sefolosha in the last two minutes to lock down the win. Thunder center Nenad Krstic (18 points) paced the team, Sefolosha adding 15 and Westbrook 12 with eight assists. Power forward Nick Collison rounded out the balanced attack with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

The Thunder were still without forward Kevin Durant and Jeff Green, their top two scorers. Antawn Jamison led the Wizards with 29 points and 10 rebounds. Washington didn't score in the last two-and-a-half minutes.


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: March 7, 2009

 

 
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