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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

/articleid/3801404/1/pictures/2023946">Photo - Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook (0) during Game 1 in the first round of the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 21, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook (0) during Game 1 in the first round of the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 21, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Last season, OKC trailed 2-0 in the Western Conference Finals against the San Antonio Spurs, a team that had won 20 straight. The Thunder flipped the series and won four straight to advance to the NBA Finals.

OKC's regular-season series this year against Houston offered similar evidence.

The Thunder won the first two games by an average of 26 points and led the series finale by 14 points with seven minutes left, only to lose 122-119 at Toyota Center.

Former Rockets guard Kevin Martin, who was traded to OKC last October just five days before its season opener, on Tuesday cited an example that had transpired just 15 hours earlier.

The Chicago Bulls became the first road team to win in this year's NBA Playoffs by beating the host Brooklyn Nets 90-82 on Monday night. The Bulls had lost Game 1 by 17 points two days earlier.

“You never want to turn the page,” Martin said. “You just focus on the next game and that's what we're here to do.”


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