â€œThe 16 offensive rebounds, thatâ€™s hard to overcome,â€ Brooks said. â€œAnd we donâ€™t miss free throws. Thatâ€™s one area that I always know weâ€™re going to be good at. But tonight was not normal for us.â€
Itâ€™s also not often youâ€™ll see a player such as Rockets forward Shane Battier outplaying Durant. Battier scored 11 of his 18 points in the third quarter to thwart a Thunder run when it finally did muster some energy. Battier made seven of 11 shots for his point total, while Durant netted 18 points on 7-for-18 shooting.
Durantâ€™s teammates, though, are sticking with him and will make sure his spirits remain high.
â€œKD is our go-to guy,â€ Green said. â€œWeâ€™re going to keep giving him the ball in those (late-game) situations. We know those shots are going to fall for him eventually. He has great looks and he can shoot over anybody. So weâ€™re going to keep giving him the ball. We have a lot of faith in him.â€