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Thunder notebook: Close call against Nets; Kyle Weaver will get opportunity with James Harden out

BY MIKE BALDWIN Modified: March 13, 2010 at 12:01 am •  Published: March 13, 2010
(Too) close call
The Thunder led by double digits most of the game, was up by as many as 16 points and still led 100-90 with just under three minutes left. But three turnovers and two 3-pointers from the Nets’ Jarvis Hayes made a sellout crowd sweat out the final seconds of a 104-102 win.

"Wins are wins,” said Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks. "It’s not easy to win in this league... But we’re going to watch the film and definitely address it because we can’t afford to make those careless mistakes at the end. That’s unacceptable.

"We will get better, but we still have to address those issues. We can’t throw them under the rug and say, ‘OK, we’ll figure it out.’ We have to figure it out quickly.”

Nets All-Star guard Devin Harris had a chance to cut it to two with 25 seconds left, but his runner in the lane rolled off the rim. Kevin Durant hit two free throws to finally seal the win. But even with a 104-98 lead with six seconds left, the Thunder was sloppy.

"I think we got a little relaxed. That’s something we shouldn’t do,” Durant said. "But we got key stops when we needed them at the end and were able to make free throws. But we need to have a more conscious effort in huddles of finishing out games stronger.”

Durant scored 32 points to set a franchise record for most 30-point games in a season. He surpassed Spencer Haywood’s 35-game, 30-point mark nearly 30 years ago in Seattle.

"We all know the scoring gets a lot of attention and rightfully so,” Brooks said.