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Keys To The Game Against Phoenix

by Darnell Mayberry Published: December 31, 2012

It would be easy for the Thunder to look past Phoenix tonight.

Oklahoma City comes into game No. 30 having won a league-best 11 straight at home, is coming off a 30-point blowout win at Houston and is a perfect 4-0 in New Year’s Eve games.

Meanwhile, the Suns are just 11-20, have lost five straight and are just 2-13 on the road. Only Sacramento and Washington have worst road records. But the Thunder seems to be set for the test of staying focused against a team it clearly is better than.

“We got to try to win,” said Kevin Durant. “That’s a team that’s going to come in here looking for a win. And if they win in our building that kind of turns around their season. So we got to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

Here are the keys, according to Durant.

  1. Clog the paint: “They have a really good point guard and a really good big man that can roll to the basket,” Durant said. “And when you have those two that opens it up for the shooters that they have around the court, too.”
  2. Take care of the ball: “We can’t turn the ball over because they execute on that and capitalize on those turnovers and get easy points,” Durant said.
  3. Maintain poise and focus: “We have to play a poised game throughout the whole four quarters and be conscious of every play,” Durant said.


by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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