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Thunder notebook: Defending Dirk Nowitzki definitely demoralizing

BY JOHN ROHDE Staff Writer Published: May 18, 2011

Both players wound up making their first six shots. Nowitzki's first miss was at 4:10. Durant's was at 2:27.


- Brooks started reserve guard Nate Robinson at the outset of the fourth quarter. He played six minutes and finished 0 for 3 from the field, 0 for 2 from 3-point range. "I felt that we needed a spark and that's one of the things he does," Brooks said of Robinson. "He brings energy. He brings some toughness. We had a little spark, but it wasn't enough."

- The Thunder has had more fastbreak points in every postseason game, and outscored the Mavericks 22-14. OKC also outscored Dallas 40-36 in the paint, but the Mavs had a 14-11 advantage in second-chance points

- With 4:26 left in the second quarter, Perkins gave Shawn Marion a bloody nose with hard contact on a pick-and-roll on the right wing. Play was stopped and Mavs coach Rick Carlisle was slapped with a technical foul after arguing for a foul on Perkins. In a move likely intended to give Russell Westbrook a boost in confidence, Brooks had his point guard shoot the technical, which Westbrook swished. Westbrook was 1 for 6 from the field at the time. He would slip to 1 for 11 before hitting his second field goal and finished 3 for 15.


The NBA Players Association and Feed The Children delivered two trucks of food and recovery supplies to families at the More Than Conquerors Faith Church in Birmingham, Ala. These trucks were two of 23 that the NBPA and Feed The Children are sending to storm-swept communities across Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and Georgia.

Former Thunder player D.J. White is one of the players sponsoring the trucks being donated.

By John Rohde