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Thunder barometer: Where they stand

BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com Modified: February 22, 2010 at 8:48 am •  Published: February 22, 2010
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Sunday’s result: Thunder 109, Timberwolves 107

Pace: 50 wins

Analyzing the Thunder’s performance during its march to the postseason.

Mental mistakes: After building a 17-point lead, the Thunder let its guard down against the Western-Conference-worst Wolves and allowed Minnesota to storm back to take an 88-86 lead with 8:16 left to play. But blunders occurred throughout the night, most notably players being sloppy with the basketball and leading to second chances for Minnesota. Those lapses can’t happen against playoff-caliber teams.

→Passion: Despite playing the second night of a road back-to-back, the Thunder raced to a 19-4 lead midway through the first period and scored 62 points in the first half. There was a time OKC would come out flat in games like this, but the Thunder played with purpose and pride for much of the night.

→Transition scoring: Oklahoma City built its lead by getting out and generating offense on the break, an almost mandatory method of scoring for the Thunder. When the Thunder gets easy points in transition, the offense is at is best and OKC becomes harder to beat.


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