OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Derek Fisher get high marks

by Berry Tramel Published: June 6, 2012

Three-point shooting: A. The Thunder made 10 of 18 3-pointers, despite going 0-for-2 in the first quarter. Kevin Durant was 4-of-8; James Harden was 3-of-4, including a dagger with 3:13 left in the game that gave OKC a 99-93 lead. The Spurs made 11 of 26, a good percentage, but when the Spurs get outshot from 3-point range, they have little chance of winning.

Small ball: A. Scotty Brooks went with a small lineup the entire fourth quarter – and it paid off. Through three quarters, the small lineup had been used 17:16 and had outscored the Spurs 41-36. The bouncier legs dominated the fourth quarter.

Derek Fisher: A. It wasn't exactly the 2004 shot that sank the Spurs in the Western Conference Finals, but Fisher again pierced San Antonio's soul. His 3-pointer with 4:35 left in the game gave OKC a 96-91 lead. The Spurs never again had possession with a chance to tie. Fisher played the entire fourth quarter, even effectively guarded Parker down the stretch. Fisher finished with nine points, including a running bank shot to make it 103-97 with 1:55 left.

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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