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Thunder-Lakers Game 4 quoteboard: TNT's Kevin Harlan says 'Thunder has broken the collective heart of the Lakers'

A look at what players, coaches, analysts and others were saying during and after Game 4 between the Lakers and Thunder.
by Ryan Sharp Published: May 20, 2012

* TNT studio analyst Charles Barkley: “Russell Westbrook kept them in the game when everyone else was struggling. He was fantastic.”

* Barkley: “When you do something stupid and it works, you keep doing it. (Kobe Bryant) just kept taking a lot of bad shots. I didn't like it. They quit going to Bynum down low.”

* Shaquille O'Neal: “I like the way OKC played. They kept fighting. OKC did not panic. I'm very impressed with this young team. I knew this was a confident bunch when the game was tied, Mr. Durant walked (Metta World Peace) down, put it between his legs, got in rhythm, and hit it from the top of the key.”

* Thunder coach Scott Brooks: “I wish I could sit up here and say how that happened. It just happened.”

* Brooks: “(Durant) wants to guard Bryant. It was about 3½ minutes to go and I made the decision. I thought it was the right thing to do at that time. Kobe was making shots, as he always seems to do, and Kevin did a good job bothering him.”

* Brooks: “It wasn't that they didn't care, didn't try. They just did not have it in the first half.”

* Brooks: “We're up 3-1, but it's not over. It takes four wins.”

* Brooks: “When we didn't have good offensive flow, Russell came up and made a big shot. He's been pretty consistent all year. We like it when he takes that shot.”

* Brooks: “There were a couple timeouts where we were all involved in trying to figure out how to get it done.”

* Brooks on the injury to Westbrook before halftime: “That was a scary moment. I didn't know what happened. I still don't know what happened. I just know at halftime he didn't have his shoes on, and I thought he may be done for the night. I asked him if he was ready and he said ‘yes,' he was.”

by Ryan Sharp
Senior Assistant Sports Editor
Ryan Sharp is a lifelong Oklahoman but was born in Texas, something he doesn't share too often with his OU- and OSU-loyal friends. Ryan spent a good chunk of his early childhood in southeast Oklahoma, before moving to Shawnee, where he...
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