OKC Thunder: OKC continues trend of frantic fourth-quarter comebacks

Atlanta led for a majority of the night, up by as much as 14 points in the middle of the third quarter. But a big OKC comeback, including a 32-22 fourth quarter, was capped by a Kevin Durant game-winner.
by Anthony Slater Published: January 27, 2014

The Thunder has entered the fourth quarter trailing six times at home this season.

All six times, OKC has come back to win, the latest coming during a wild 111-109 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Atlanta led for a majority of the night, up by as much as 14 points in the middle of the third quarter. But a frantic Thunder comeback, including a 32-22 fourth quarter, was capped by a Kevin Durant game-winner.

“That's directly the result of the competitive spirit of our guys,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said of the 6-0 stat. “We have a competitive group. They don't like to lose a free-throw shooting contest.”

WESTBROOK NOT ON THE BENCH

During Monday's game against the Hawks, Russell Westbrook wasn't in his typical spot at the end of the Thunder bench.

Instead, OKC's injured All-Star was back in Los Angeles, getting a planned check-up on his surgically repaired right knee.

ROYAL IVEY LEAVES FOR CHINA

Royal Ivey's latest stint in the NBA came with an unblemished record. And it will end that way.

During his recent 10-day contract with the Thunder, which expired on Sunday, Ivey received an offer to play in China.

And because of that, the likable but sporadically used Thunder guard will hop overseas for the final month-and-a-half of the Chinese season, rather than signing another 10-day contract with the Thunder.

During Ivey's 10 days in OKC, he only appeared in two games, playing five minutes and grabbing one rebound. But his arrival coincided with the team's sudden turnaround. The Thunder went 7-0 with Ivey.

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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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