The game also showed Scotty Brooks' willingness to try new things. Remember when everyone thought Foreman Scotty coached by automation? Those days are long gone.
Brooks used Perry Jones for more than seven minutes in the first half, then came back to Jones with 4:34 left in a tie game.
Strange move, and not one you make if winning the game is paramount. Brooks said he liked Jones' length on defense, but Toronto scored on two straight possessions to take a 98-93 lead, during which Jones missed a corner 3-point shot.
Jones — and the Thunder — will be the better for such crunchtime experience, but it came at a price. A nine-game winning streak, gone. An unbeaten home record, gone. An indestructible feeling against the Eastern Conference's also-rans, gone.
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