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It was one of those nights for the Thunder

BY JENNI CARLSON, Staff Writer, jcarlson@opubco.com Published: May 21, 2011
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/articleid/3570408/1/pictures/1424104">Photo - Jason Kidd (2) of Dallas gets by Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook (0)during game 3 of the Western Conference Finals of the NBA basketball playoffs between the Dallas Mavericks and the Oklahoma City Thunder at the OKC Arena in downtown Oklahoma City, Saturday, May 21, 2011. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Jason Kidd (2) of Dallas gets by Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook (0)during game 3 of the Western Conference Finals of the NBA basketball playoffs between the Dallas Mavericks and the Oklahoma City Thunder at the OKC Arena in downtown Oklahoma City, Saturday, May 21, 2011. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

The worst of it: 1 of 17 from behind the three-point line.

“Those were shots we usually make, especially at home,” Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook said. “Tonight's just one of those nights that we couldn't knock anything down.”

Westbrook made the Thunder's lone three in the fourth quarter. Had he not finally hit one, Oklahoma City would've had the worst three-point shooting percentage in an NBA playoff game.

The previous worst was Utah's 0-for-14 night against Houston during the 2008 playoffs.

No one clunked more threes than Durant, who was 0 of 8. He finished with 24 points but was 7 of 22 from the floor.

But more than anything, that slow start sunk the Thunder.

“I think we were missing shots because the energy wasn't there,” Sefolosha said. “We didn't come out the way we wanted to.”

Said Westbrook, who led the Thunder with 30 points, “They came out and just played harder from the get go. We wasn't ready to play from the start, and it was kind of too late in the second half for us to pick it up.”

How does that happen in the playoffs?

“I dunno,” Westbrook said with a head shake. “I don't really know, but it's something we have to try to stop.”


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