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Game 5 quoteboard: Charles Barkley -- ‘This game was over ... quickly'

COMPILED BY RYAN SHARP, Assistant Sports Editor, rsharp@opubco.com Modified: May 11, 2011 at 11:55 pm •  Published: May 11, 2011
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Selected quotes after the Thunder hammered Memphis 99-72 Wednesday night in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals at Oklahoma City Arena:

Thunder star guard Russell Westbrook:

*“We started off a little slow, but once the second quarter started everybody picked it up defensively.”

*“I wasn't really worried about (fatigue). Tonight, we came out and our fans were great. We fed off their energy.”

 *“Our confidence is at a solid level. We know it's going to be loud (in Memphis) and be a hostile environment.”  

Thunder All-Star Kevin Durant:

*“We played great defense. Everybody was in tune and locked in. (Fatigue) wasn't a factor. Russ was big. Daequan was big. It was a team effort tonight.”

*“We had a tough start to the game. Memphis did a great job of making us take tough shots.”

*“Guys came in yesterday and did maintenance work on their bodies. Our fans kind of gave us some extra energy as well.”

*“We've got a flight tomorrow out to Memphis, and we've got be locked in. Tonight is over with. We've got to worry about Game 6.”

*“We don't want to be over confident. There's a fine line between being cocky and confident. We've just got to stick together, and we'll see what happens.

*Durant on Thunder's defensive improvement: “The addition of a few guys. Putting Serge in the starting lineup has helped us and, of course, bringing Kendrick over.”

TNT analyst Charles Barkley:

*“This game was over ... quickly. This thing got ugly early.”

 

Thunder coach Scott Brooks:

*“We did a lot of things well. Defensively as well as you can play against a really good team.”

 *“Nick was terrific on their bigs. All of our bigs really did a good job battling all night.”

 *“Now it's just time to move on.”

 

*“Our bench was good all year. They get a lot of credit with our staff. They've always done a good job. Kevin and Russell are our two All-Stars...but our bench has been there all season long.”

 

*“D.C. (Daequan Cook) had a hot hand. He was making shots. He was making some tough shots.”

 *“(Game 4) was one of the best games that you can be involved in. But NBA players have the heart of champions. They can come in and play back-to-back nights. I don't know if fatigue was a factor. It wasn't on our end.”

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