More shooting woes for Thunder

BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Modified: April 28, 2011 at 1:16 am •  Published: April 27, 2011

With 3½ minutes left in Game 5 on Wednesday night, the Oklahoma City Thunder was threatening an all-time record for futility.

The Thunder trailed by nine and was shooting 32.0 percent from the floor and 19.0 percent from 3-point range.

The franchise low for playoff field-goal percentage is 31.8 percent by the Seattle SuperSonics in 1995.

It took late-game heroics from All-Star Kevin Durant for all this futility to turn into victory, as the Thunder closed with an 18-6 run to eliminate the Denver Nuggets 100-97 inside Oklahoma City Arena.

Durant, who shot 14 for 27 from the field and finished with 41 points, wound up being the only OKC player to shoot 50 percent or better, and he had to hit five of his last six shots to do it.

The Thunder finished at 36.6 percent for the game, only slightly better than the all-time franchise low of 34.0 percent in a playoff victory.

After Durant, the next best stat line for the Thunder might have been turned in by forward Serge Ibaka, who didn't make a field goal, but blocked nine shots and had eight rebounds.

Ibaka finished eighth in the league in field-goal percentage during the regular season at 54.3 percent, but on this night went 0 for 4 in 35 minutes of playing time.

OKC's triumph came despite the continued struggles of point guard Russell Westbrook, who shot a combined 15 for 45 (.



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