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Oklahoma City Thunder: Turnovers, poor defensive rebounding help do in Thunder in Game 6 loss

The Thunder struggled to seize control of the contest and create some much-needed separation from these strong-minded Spurs.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: June 1, 2014

“I’m proud of our guys,” Brooks said. “I thought our guys competed throughout these playoffs. I thought they did a great job even in this series. We didn’t play well on the road, but we competed. We kept bouncing back and having great games at home…We just didn’t do a few things well enough to beat this team.”

San Antonio’s reserves outscored Oklahoma City’s 51-5, which told the story of how Durant and Westbrook received little help in this series. Brooks shortened his rotation, plying only seven players more than six minutes, but Fisher was the only Thunder reserve to chip in as a scorer.

Westbrook scored a game-high 34 points with seven rebounds, eight assists and six steals in 44 minutes. Durant added 31 points, 14 rebounds, two assists and three blocked shots. Reggie Jackson (21 points) and Serge Ibaka (16 points) were the only other Thunder players that scored.

Diaw paced the Spurs with 26 points off the bench, and San Antonio survived foot soreness to Tony Parker that kept the Spurs’ starting point guard out for the entire second half. Even without him, the Spurs outscored the Thunder 37-20 in the third period, turning a seven-point halftime deficit into a 10-point lead entering the final period.

The Spurs gobbled up 16 offensive rebounds, which helped them outscore the Thunder 22-8 in second-chance points.

San Antonio now moves on to face Miami in a rematch of last year’s NBA Finals.

For the Thunder, it’s the second straight season that ended short of the NBA Finals after Oklahoma City made its Finals debut in 2012.

The disappointing finish led to questions about whether this season was a success.

“Absolutely,” Brooks said. “It’s hard to win a championship...There’s only one team that stands every year…We came up six games short.”

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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