Oklahoma City Thunder: Warriors paid the price for making Kevin Martin mad
OKC's sixth man had 21 points, four assists and two steals in 26 minutes to help Thunder roll.
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“I wouldn't say they were too dirty, but they play physical,” said Durant, who had 25 points (10 for 18 from the field), seven rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two steals, but five turnovers. “I think K-Mart did a really good job of getting mad and getting through on his own … That's what busted the game open for us in the fourth quarter. I think he was upset at the play where he got fouled on a pass and got pushed out of bounds. That kind of ticked him off, and that's good. That got him going.”
Thunder second-year player Reggie Jackson played point guard the entire fourth quarter and kept looking in Martin's direction.
“He got hot. He's an elite scorer, especially in this league,” said Jackson, who had 12 points and six assists in 19 minutes. “What he does is special, getting to the line, being able to knock down big shots and hitting 3s. It's my job to try and see the mismatch and we felt he had the mismatch.”
Asked what inspired Martin at the outset of the fourth quarter, Jackson smiled and said: “I think it's the young guys on the Warriors who kind of got him a little hot, talking a little trash. I guess I ought to thank them for waking up the monster in him, so I do give them a shout-out for that one.”
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