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OKC Thunder trying to buck history

Only eight teams have come back from a 3-1 deficit to win a best-of-7 NBA Playoff series.
By John Rohde Published: May 14, 2013

The closest anyone ever was to Thunder's current predicament? The Lakers, when Hall of Fame center Wilt Chamberlain suffered a knee injury in the ninth game of the 1969-70 regular season, but returned in time for the playoffs to average 22.1 points, 22.2 rebounds and 47.3 minutes per game.

“We're going to fight. We're going to keep fighting, keep competing,” Brooks said. “All we're worrying about is winning one game. It (The Peake) is a great place to play. Hopefully the energy in our crowd can get us over that hump.” If OKC wins Game 5, there will be a Game 6 on Friday night in Memphis at either 6 or 7 p.m.

If the Thunder wins Game 6, there will be a Game 7 on Sunday at The Peake at a time to be determined.

But Game 7 is a million miles away for OKC, which has lost three straight to Memphis after winning Game 1.

Lose to the Grizzlies one more time and the Thunder's once-promising encore as Western Conference champion will come to an abrupt halt.

“Two things I've always known about our team is that it's never easy and we never quit,” Brooks said, “and I expect that same effort that we've had all four (previous) games to be the same (Wednesday) night.”