Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Kevin Martin plays well in return to OKC

Kevin Martin, the Thunder's sixth man last season, had 24 points in his OKC return.
by Berry Tramel and Anthony Slater Published: December 1, 2013

Kevin Martin, the Thunder's sixth man last season, had 24 points in his OKC return. But Martin had just seven points in the second half, when he made just one of seven shots.


“It felt different playing in this building,” Martin said. “It was fun, going up against that level of competition, going against the guys you went through the grind with last year. It was good to get it out of the way.”


When the Thunder went with a small lineup to open the fourth quarter, the T-Wolves' big advantage was at center, where the massive Nikola Pekovic was defended by Nick Collison.

But Collison hounded Pekovic into missing a fallaway jumper early in the period, and the Thunder mostly kept the ball away from Pekovic, who had just five points in the 6 1/2 minutes before the burly Thunder reinforcements arrived.

Minnesota coach Rick Adelman was displeased with the officiating. “I don't want to talk about it,” Adelman said. “He's real strong. He takes a lot of punishment. That's as far as I'll go.”

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by Berry Tramel
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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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com'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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