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Oklahoma City Thunder: Thunder did not have Thursday's game in the bank

Although San Antonio led for just 73 seconds, the Spurs had its share of chance to win Western Conference showdown.
By John Rohde Published: April 5, 2013

/articleid/3780061/1/pictures/2003030">Photo - San Antonio's Tim Duncan (21) works against Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (35) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Thursday, April 4, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
San Antonio's Tim Duncan (21) works against Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (35) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Thursday, April 4, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Fourth quarter – 8-0 start to take an 85-71 lead; closed out the game with a 11-2 run to win by 12.

Spurts for San Antonio:

First quarter – 10-2 run to take a 14-13 lead.

Second quarter – 23-11 run to close out the second quarter and trail 52-44 at halftime.

Third quarter – 10-2 run to close out third quarter and pull to within 77-71.

Fourth quarter – 9-0 run to narrow deficit to 87-84.

Five Thunder players scored in double-digits, lifting OKC's season record to 25-2 when such is the case.

The Thunder's biggest lift came from reserve guard Derek Fisher, who had shot just 2 for 23 (.087) from the field in his previous eight games.

Against the top-seeded Spurs, Fisher scored 17 points in just 15 minutes, shooting 6 for 8 from the floor and 5 for 7 from 3-point range.

“He was great,” Collison said of the 38-year-old Fisher. “That's why you stick with your guys. That's why you stick with it as a player when you're struggling. He struggled earlier and he's really tough mentally. We want him to shoot those shots and tonight he had open looks. He was huge for us. We needed him. For the second group, that was pretty much our offense, so it was big.”


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