Approximately 1,800 non-premium tickets ranging in price from $12 to $325 for Game 6 on Friday night in the Ford Center will go on sale at 10 a.m. today. Fans are can order tickets online at thunder.nba.com, purchase them at metro Homeland stores or by calling (800) 4NBA-TIX.
Tickets also will be sold at the Ford Center box office. A lottery system, that includes a random drawing at 9 a.m., begins with raffle tickets being issued at 8:30 a.m.
The Thunder sold out tickets for Games 3 and 4 in 25 minutes.
Friday's tip time uncertain
Tip time for Game 6 ON Friday in the Ford Center won't be determined until later this week. Game time will be influenced whether three other series — Orlando-Charlotte, Atlanta-Milwaukee and Denver-Utah — extend to six games. Those series also are scheduled Friday night.
Kevin Durant has averaged 26.8 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists in the series and gained national attention for his defensive play on Lakers star Kobe Bryant in Game 3.
“You can see he's figuring things out,” Bryant said. “He's a helluva basketball player. On top of being physically skilled, and doing all the things he can do, he has a high basketball IQ.”
Thunder coach Scott Brooks said Durant's defensive improvement is overshadowed by his offense.
“I've told him many times if you're going to be a special player you have to be able to do it on both ends of the court,” Brooks said. “Defensively, it's not easy to do it every night... Kevin understands the importance of him doing the defensive thing every game is just as important as him scoring points.”
How goes James Harden so goes the Thunder? That's been the case the first four games of the series.
After going scoreless in two losses in Los Angeles, Harden averaged 16.5 points in the Thunder's two Ford Center wins. Harden, who grew up 20 miles from the Staples Center, went 14-of-16 at the line in the two wins.
Thunder fans are getting creative. Two signs in the “Show Me the Money” contest Saturday night took jabs at the Lakers. The winner was a picture of Ron Artest's yellow hair, the sign reading: “Dennis Rodman Wants His Hair Back.” The runner-up was a sign with a picture of Jack Nicholson in a Thunder shirt: “I Make Blue Look Good.”
Fast break. . .
The Thunder did not practice Sunday. They will practice today at their facility before flying to Los Angeles this afternoon. ... Harden's 4-point play in the second quarter (3-point basket, foul and free throw) was the Thunder's first since Feb. 21 when Durant had a 4-point play in a win at Minnesota.