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Oklahoma City Thunder Game 6 report card: Bench gets an A

What a night for Scotty Brooks' reserves. Kevin Martin, Derek Fisher and Nick Collison combined for 46 points on 15 of 27 shooting.
by Berry Tramel Published: May 4, 2013
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Sportsmanship: B. The Thunder took a little time to crow in the waning seconds — Thabo Sefolosha taunted the crowd that was taunting him — but a chippy series finally ended in peace. Some of the Thunder players embraced villain Patrick Beverley, and the classy Fisher, who was booed every time he touched the ball in every Houston game after refusing to report to the Rockets after a trade last season, took off his sneakers as he walked to the locker room and handed them to a young boy.

Ball handling: A. The Thunder had assists on 14 of its 19 second-half baskets, including seven assists by Reggie Jackson and five by Kevin Durant. Plus, the Thunder committed just 10 turnovers, five in each half.

Playing without Durant: A. The Thunder superstar played the entire second half. But the Thunder was solid in the first half without him — in 4:47, OKC outscored Houston 15-6. In that limited time, five Thunder players scored — Martin four points, Fisher and Thabo each hit a 3-pointer, and Nick Collison and Reggie Jackson two points each.

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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