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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