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Thunder barometer: Where they stand

Published: March 13, 2010
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Friday’s results:

Thunder 104, Nets 102

Pace: 51 games

WHERE THEY STAND
Analyzing the Thunder’s performance during its march to the postseason.

→Ball movement: With the exception of a few stretches in the second half, the Thunder shared the basketball throughout, and it led to easy, efficient baskets resulting in 51.9-percent shooting. The Thunder tallied 23 assists, marking the seventh time in the past 10 games OKC has finished with at least 20 assists.

→Transition scoring: Coach Scott Brooks has stressed scoring on the break more in recent weeks, and the Thunder had 20 fast-break points, converting on seven of eight opportunities. When the Thunder is racing to easy baskets, the offense becomes more efficient and OKC becomes more difficult to defend.

→Closing it out: Every team makes a run in the NBA, but the Thunder was playing host to the worst team in basketball and won by just two after leading by as many as 16 late in the third quarter. The win is the most important thing, but how it comes about should be a close second from here out. And OKC looked terrible down the stretch when it came time to putting away the Nets. The Thunder had six turnovers in the final period.

BY DARNELL MAYBERRY