Thunder-Clippers: OKC comes roaring back to eliminate L.A.

COMMENTARY — With Kevin Durant heating up and Steven Adams stepping up, the Thunder wore down the Clippers and charged into the Western Confence Finals Monday in San Antonio.
by Berry Tramel Published: May 16, 2014


photo - Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (35) reacts during Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals in the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, May 15, 2014. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (35) reacts during Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals in the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, May 15, 2014. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

“Tonight’s game was something that we’ve done all year,” Scotty Brooks said. “We’ve all stuck together and found ways to win.”

You know, he’s right. This win was reminiscent of the stretches when the Thunder had to play without Westbrook, or without Thabo Sefolosha and Kendrick Perkins, or without all three.

“We weren’t making a lot of shots,” Brooks said. “Kevin and Russell did not have a good shooting first half, but they competed. I thought the other guys jumped in and held down the fort and made it a respectable deficit that we had to overcome – just eight points.

“In the second half, obviously, they (Durant and Westbrook) got hot, did a great job of executing. It’s something we’ve been working on and we’ve been a very good offensive team all year, a high-percentage shooting team and I thought our shots were much better in that fourth quarter.”

The Thunder just wore down the Clippers. Durant still was great in the fourth quarter. And Westbrook was just as ferocious as ever. The Clippers failed to match those young legs and roaring hearts.

And now it’s on to the Spurs, who will provide yet another rattlesnake opponent. But the Thunder is well-prepared for such a series.

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by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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