Thabo Sefolosha was the only guy who took the liberty to speak candidly.
He remembered what happened to the Thunder eight days ago in Los Angeles. And, according to him, so do his teammates.
“We had lost a game against them that we all thought that we could have won,” Sefolosha said. “So going again against a team like that, we definitely took it a little bit more personal probably, which was good.”
In the second of four meetings with the Clippers, the Thunder cruised to a 105-91 victory on Thursday night inside Chesapeake Energy Arena, leading from start to finish and avenging its eight-point loss from eight days before.
It wouldn't be an understatement to call the win the Thunder's best by far. Only once this season has the Thunder displayed as much defensive dominance and offensive explosiveness as it did Thursday. That game came against Dallas on Nov. 6, a 14-point Thunder win.
OKC has had better defensive nights, such as last Saturday's showing at Milwaukee, and higher scoring outputs, like the 119 points the Thunder posted at Detroit. But this was without a doubt the best combination of the two, especially considering the caliber of the opponent.
“I thought that was as well as we can execute a game plan,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks.
The Clippers came in averaging 108.7 points, second most in the NBA. Thursday's total was just the third time they've been held under 100 points, and it was one point more than their season low.