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News » Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2009-03-18

Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2009-03-18

Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2009-03-18
The recent win over the Mavericks was sweet, especially with Kevin Durant and Jeff Green in street clothes that night. But knocking off the second-place team in the Western Conference with every game critical to the playoff chase felt even better.

"We beat one of the best teams in basketball," coach Scott Brooks said Monday after defeating San Antonio. "They were shorthanded, but that's a team that plays great basketball. They defend and they pass the ball. They have been together so many years that they know each other really well. They are a heck of a team.

"I'm proud of our guys after a slow start. We could have easily fallen off, but we battled back and we fought hard and we defended. We got the rebounds and we got on the floor. That was a tremendous effort by all of our guys that played."

It's probably no surprise that San Antonio is one of the teams the Thunder hopes to pattern itself after as the franchise continues to grow.

"The Spurs, the Lakers, those are teams you learn from," Brooks said. "They play great basketball and play incredible team basketball. It is a great win for our guys to be able to beat one of the best teams in basketball."

THUNDER 78, SPURS 76: The Thunder rallied from a 17-point deficit in the first quarter at home to stun title hopeful San Antonio. The Thunder (19-48) won its fourth straight at the Ford Center.

Kevin Durant (25 points) led the surge back for the Thunder, which evened the season series at 1-1. Thabo Sefolosha added 12 points and did a solid job defending along the perimeter. The Thunder didn't take its first lead until midway through the fourth quarter.

Tony Parker led the Spurs with 28 points and seven assists but received little help. Under siege throughout the game from all angles, Tim Duncan managed just 14 points.

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