“They made things happen for themselves. They did a terrific job.”
Neither Brown nor the studio crew thought that Nick Collison should have been called for a flagrant one for his hard foul on Tayshaun Prince as he attempted to block the shot. Collison even tried to catch Prince on his fall.
Simmons: “The Oscar race is on. … best supporting actor.”
Rose: “He never got elbowed in the head and his head never hit the ground.”
Brown: “I'm kind of surprised by that, but we all know this is going to be a very difficult series to referee, mainly because you have got shot blocking on both teams, you have physical guys here and defenses that rotate quickly and are very well prepared.”
*Brown noting improved play by Jackson after he drove in a for a layup: “This young fella really has speed, good ball-handling ability, excellent knowledge of when to put the brakes on in the paint, the ability to stop on a dime and then send up a soft shot in traffic.”
*Tirico's call on Durant's game-winning shot: “The shot clock is off. The Thunder will keep it on the floor with a chance to take the lead. Durant, the lead!”
*Brown said he was excited to get to call the game. “It's a great series. It's X's and O's, the players are there and it will get better as it goes along.”
*TNT will broadcast Game 2 at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday with Matt Devlin, analyst Mike Fratello and reporter Marty Snider. Fox Sports Oklahoma also will have pregame and postgame coverage.