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OKC Thunder notebook: Jeremy Lamb helps lift Thunder with Reggie Jackson out

Lamb, who struggled defensively guarding Manu Ginobili in Game 3, performed much better overall in Game 4.
Oklahoman Published: May 28, 2014

Fans exiting the arena were directed away from the area and a few minutes later, the all-clear was issued.

CASE OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY

Late in the first quarter, San Antonio’s Patty Mills drove between Derek Fisher and Kevin Durant.

The ensuing foul was initially credited to Fisher by referee Joey Crawford, though quickly changed to Lamb, who was nowhere near the play.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and star Tim Duncan pleaded with Crawford that the foul was on Durant.

A few minutes later, with 9:18 remaining in the second quarter, officials reviewed the foul call and changed the foul to Durant.

ADAMS SOLID AGAIN

Rookie center Steven Adams wasn’t needed quite as quickly Tuesday as starter Kendrick Perkins avoided foul trouble early.

But Adams made an impression after entering late in the first quarter.

A little more than a minute after Adams came into the game, Westbrook drove the lane, looked to take a step-back jumper before passing it to Adams for a nifty hook shot near the basket.

Adams played nearly 26 minutes — more than three minutes than Perkins — and had six rebounds and four points.

DURANT PASSES KJ, KIDD

With yet another big scoring night, Durant moved into the top 50 in NBA history in playoff scoring.

Durant’s 31 points puts him at 2,053 career playoff points, 27 more than Kevin Johnson and 10 more than Jason Kidd for 50th place.

Durant is five behind Hall of Famer Tom Heinsohn for 49th place.

Thunder guard Fisher is No. 44 on the list.

COLLISON RETURNS

After not playing in Game 3, Nick Collison sat out most of Game 4 as well before entering in the final minute of the third quarter to a large applause.

Collison played nearly 30 minutes in the first two games of the series before Serge Ibaka’s return kept him on the bench in the return to Oklahoma City.

Collison played in just less than five minutes.

Perry Jones entered the game late and hit a long jumper in the final minute.

For the second consecutive game, Thabo Sefolosha did not play. Sefolosha was removed from the starting lineup for Game 3 as Brooks opted to start Reggie Jackson.

FREE THROWS

After Ibaka slammed home a putback of a Durant miss in the final minute of the first half, Popovich quickly was called for a technical foul arguing for a travel call on Durant. ...In the second quarter, Ginobili passed Bill Russell for most playoff points by a left-handed scorer. ...The Thunder outscored the Spurs 21-0 on fast breaks and have outscored San Antonio 57-30 on fast breaks in the series.

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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