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OKC Thunder: Thunder comes at Mavericks 'like a buzz saw' in fourth quarter

Trailing 81-68 through three quarters, OKC blew the doors off the American Airlines Center by outscoring Dallas 35-16 in the final period to end the first-round playoff series as early as possible.
BY JOHN ROHDE Published: May 5, 2012

"We kind of changed that around by really getting into the basketball, getting through screens," Brooks said. "Every time you have a screen, you have a choice. You either go through it, or get screened. We chose not to (get screened) in that fourth quarter and made them miss a lot of shots."

The Thunder's fourth-quarter box score was impressive:

— OKC shot 65.0 percent (13 for 20) from the field, 50.0 percent (3 for 6) from 3-point range and 85.7 percent (6 for 7) from the free-throw line.

— The Thunder had zero turnovers while Dallas had four turnovers, resulting in six points for OKC.

— The Thunder had five assists, two steals and two blocked shots.

— The Mavs had two assists, zero steals and one block.

Harden erupted for 15 points (6 for 9 from the field; 3 for 3 from the line) in the final 9:29, and also had three assists in the final period.

Durant added nine points (3 for 4 from the field; 2 for 3 from 3-points range), six huge rebounds and one blocked shot (a Dirk Nowitzki attempt underneath with 1:50 remaining).

Despite an off night shooting, Russell Westbrook had two key steals that helped give OKC the lead for good.

"Defense. I think it's just our team defense and toughness," Westbrook said of the comeback.

The defense now rests, awaiting the Los Angeles Lakers-Denver Nuggets winner.


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