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Oklahoma City Thunder: Mike Miller torches Thunder with Game 5 masterpiece

For the second time in three postseasons, Mike Miller shoved a Game 5 dagger in the Thunder’s hopes.
by Anthony Slater Published: April 29, 2014

The game wasn’t played in Miami. It wasn’t 2012. But it sure felt like it.

For the second time in three postseasons, Mike Miller shoved a Game 5 dagger in the Thunder’s hopes.

On Tuesday night, with the stakes amped up, Miller drilled five of his eight 3-pointers, including two to start overtime. He had 21 monster points.

“Mike Miller,” Memphis coach Dave Joerger said, shaking his head. “What he did offensively was tremendous.”

In Game 5 of the NBA Finals in 2012, Miller hit seven 3s in the Heat’s closeout win over OKC.


As a show of solidarity with the Clipper players and others across the NBA, the Thunder players wore black socks and shoes on Tuesday night.

It was a silent protest for the racially charged comments made by Donald Sterling that were released by TMZ over the weekend.

The Grizzlies also wore dark shoes and socks and turned their shooting shirts inside-out.

Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson even wore a black arm sleeve, in place of their typical white ones.


NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s punishment came swift and strong on Tuesday afternoon, when he announced that Clippers owner Donald Sterling would be given a lifetime ban and $2.5 million fine.

And now, Silver says, the onus is on the league’s board of governors. With a three-quarters vote, the NBA’s other owners could remove Sterling from his post and force a sale of the Clippers.

In the wake of the decision, many owners have come out with public statements backing Silver’s actions, including Thunder owner Clay Bennett.

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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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