“We always want to move the ball,” Durant said. “If a guy has it going, we're going to give him the ball. But everybody had it tonight.”
The Thunder had to shake off a shaky first half in which the offense was clicking — as evidenced by 59.5 percent shooting — but the defense couldn't close out possessions. OKC allowed Sacramento to pull down 15 offensive rebounds in the firsts 24 minutes. Over that same span, the Thunder had just one.
Amazingly, the Kings converted just two-of-12 of its second chance opportunities and had just two putback points in that span.
“We did a couple of things well in the second half,” Brooks said. “I thought we made them miss shots, and when we did that we rebounded the basketball. They got 15 offensive rebounds in the first half and only two in the second half.”
The difference was noticeable to everyone.
“They're a tight-knit group,” said Kings rookie guard Jimmer Fredette. “They really, really are playing for each other.”