Oklahoman Modified: March 6, 2013 at 6:21 am •  Published: March 6, 2013
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On the two turnovers:

“We talked about it, we work on it. It’s just one of those things. It’s not like we’re not aware that we turn the ball over 15 times a game but I like the guys continuing to figure out ways not to turn it over and tonight’s two turnovers – I think the one was Brewer on the baseline and Russell on the travel. … We’re going to talk about those two tomorrow.”

On what to attribute the lack of turnovers to:

“Well there’s no question that we want to have good spacing, we want to execute, we want to set good screens. It was just one of those games that we don’t turn the ball over. It’s only happened probably a few times in NBA history – we tied the record for the least turnovers, but it’s a great game offensively for us. We were running and we were defending. I think that the defense was the key. We held them to 40% and we do that we’re going to get opportunities on the break which we’ve been pretty efficient scoring and converting our opportunities in transition. We just fouled too many times and it slowed up the game about that but other than that I thought our offense was really good. The ball movement was really good. We score some points tonight.”

On the whole team contributing to the win tonight:

“Absolutely. You knew that they would make a little push. Kobe (Bryant) is one of the best that’s ever done it and he’s still playing at a level that’s just remarkable. Steve Nash, I’ve said it many, many, many times -- he’s ageless. He’s doing it at 38, 39 years old and playing against the guys that he’s playing against. The point guard position comes at you every night. There’s so many good ones in this league. But a lot of guys stepped up. I thought Brewer’s minutes were good. Hash’s (Thabeet) were good. Fish (Fisher) made big shots, Reggie (Jackson) was really good finishing around the basket and he got the nice dunk. Russell, Kevin – you can just go down the list. The guys made big plays defensively. Kevin’s block late in the game was a big block for us.”

GUARD RUSSELL WESTBROOK

On starting and finishing the game strong defensively:

“We did a good job of getting our hands on balls, rebounding the ball when we needed to, and getting out on break.”

On the NBA record-tying two turnovers:

“Just taking care of the ball, making good decisions, and taking good shots that the defense gave us.”

On sensing a playoff-type atmosphere in the arena:

“Definitely. Our crowd is always like that. The Lakers came in and everyone said it was a must win for them, we needed a win too. We came out with a sense of urgency.”

On the turn around after refocusing on fundamentals:

“We’re coming in with the right mindset. It’s getting around that time of year when you need to focus in and be sharp, and be confident in what you’re doing as a team.”

FORWARD KEVIN DURANT

On tonight’s game:

“The third quarter wasn’t as good as we wanted it to be but we played through a lot of tough plays. We missed some easy shots and sometimes the ball didn’t go our way but we did a really good job of staying poised and playing better defense in the fourth.”

On the key to not giving up the lead in the 4th quarter:

“We just did well on the defensive end. I think our bench was really good tonight. Fish came in and made some good shots, Reggie was great on the pick and roll, Hasheem had a really great game, so our bench was really good and gave us the lift we needed when the first group struggled a little bit. It was a good win.”



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