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Game 5 report card: Thunder bench gets an 'A,' and so does Kevin Durant

The Thunder reserves outscored San Antonio's 40-22. Daequan Cook was superb.
by Berry Tramel Published: June 5, 2012

PACE: C. The Thunder should run the Spurs ragged. But San Antonio outscored the Thunder 15-13 in fast-break points, including 10-4 in the second half. OKC often let Ginobili get loose in transition.

PASSING: B. The Thunder again had a solid assist total, 22. Westbrook had 12, including seven in the first half, a rousing total considering only one of them went to either Durant or Harden, who combined for only three first-half baskets.

REBOUNDING: C. The Thunder did a decent job keeping the Spurs from offensive rebounds; San Antonio got 10 but turned those chances into 17 points. Conversely, the Thunder had just six offensive rebounds and seven second-chance points. Perkins' 10 rebounds were huge for the Thunder.

DEFENDING GINOBILI: C. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich started Ginobili, forcing Brooks to make a Sophie's Choice — put Thabo on point guard Tony Parker or Ginobili. Sefolosha mostly guarded Parker, and that paid off. Parker had another frustrating game, 5-of-14 shooting, though he posted 20 points. But Ginobili went off for 34 points, including 13 in a 3:09 span of the third quarter.

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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