The Thunder responded well, against the venerable Spurs.
In the 8-2 Boomers' only two losses, they've been scoring deficient past the big three: only six players total scored at Dallas; only Durant, Harden and Westbrook reached double digits against Portland.
But with five minutes left in the second quarter Sunday night, Durant and Westbrook had combined for just five points, yet the Thunder still led 44-37.
“I think it makes a big difference,” said Sefolosha. “If we rely too much on Russell and Kevin and James to carry all the load, we become predictable.”
Harden and Collison, in particular, have become quite the tandem in the pick'n roll, especially when Collison has the ball and Harden still runs around a Collison screen. Once, Collison faked the handoff and zipped straight to the basket for a dunk.
“My points usually come when we're playing well as a team,” Collison said.
And the Thunder usually plays well as a team when Collison is on the court. Or flying through the air, now that he's been cleared for takeoff.
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