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Oklahoma City Thunder Q&A: Kevin Martin says 'It's just satisfying to get a victory'

After finishing 1-of-10 in OKC's Game 5 loss, Martin scored 16 points in a 9 1/2-minute stretch of the first half Friday. He finished with 25 points as the Thunder won the series.
by Berry Tramel Published: May 4, 2013

Thunder sixth man Kevin Martin followed perhaps the most forgettable game of his career with perhaps the most memorable. After missing his first nine shots of Game 5 and finishing 1-of-10 in the Thunder's 107-100 loss, Martin scored 16 points in a 9 1/2-minute stretch of the first half. He finished with 25 points as the Thunder won the series with a 103-94 victory.

What got you going in the first half?

“It was just coming in there, trying to set a tone. The last 48 hours after Game 5, I couldn't even look my teammates in the eye because I felt so bad. It was going in there and playing like I have been in my career and jump-starting us to a victory.”

How did the team turn it around from Game 5?

“This was a big team win on both sides of the court. Serge (Ibaka) played great, Reggie (Jackson), D-Fish (Derek Fisher), everybody played their role to the best of their abilities tonight and we moved on with a win.”

How tough were the Rockets?

“They played great the whole series, and they had a swag about them even when they were down three-nothing. A lot of that had to do with (Russell) Westbrook not being on the court. They played pretty good.”

Was it fun to clinch the series in Houston, which traded you to OKC in October?

“It's just satisfying to get a victory. Nobody puts more pressure on themselves than me, and you can ask this team. I felt bad.”

by Berry Tramel
Columnist
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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