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Oklahoma City Thunder: Despite convincing Game 1 victory, OKC players know it's just one game

With OKC's convincing 120-91 victory Sunday night in Game 1 at Chesapeake Energy Arena, some consider this Western Conference opening-round series to be a foregone conclusion. Not the Thunder players, however.
BY JOHN ROHDE Published: April 23, 2013

Game 1 is one game.

As self-explanatory as that phrase is, some already have turned the page on the Thunder's series against Houston.

With OKC's convincing 120-91 victory Sunday night in Game 1 at Chesapeake Energy Arena, some consider this Western Conference opening-round series to be a foregone conclusion.

Not the Thunder players, however.

“It's not hard for us to stay focused,” veteran power forward Nick Collison said of preparing for Game 2 at 6 p.m. Wednesday at The Peake. “We know what these games mean, how important they are and we're not buying into any storylines or anything outside this building.”

There are multiple reasons why Game 1 is one game, and OKC has provided several examples:

Three seasons ago, when OKC was the No. 8 seed playing the No. 1-seeded Los Angeles Lakers, the Thunder won 110-89 in Game 4 to tie the series at 2. The next time the teams met at the Ford Center, the Lakers ended the series with a 95-94 victory on a Pau Gasol tip-in with 0.5 seconds left.

Two seasons ago, OKC outlasted Memphis 4-3 in a thrilling Western Conference semifinals series that could have gone either way, yet every game was decided by at least eight points. The Thunder won Game 5 by 27, then lost by 12, then won (and clinched) by 15.

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