After losing the first two games of the series, the odds were much different for the Thunder. Teams trailing 0-2 in a best-of-seven series have gone on to win the series just 6 percent of the time.
With Kevin Durant getting extended minutes this postseason, Thunder bombardier Daequan Cook understandably has seen limited time.
Cook entered Monday night's game averaging 7.8 minutes in 12 playoff appearances, but was averaging just 2.2 points, shooting 32.3 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from 3-point range.
Cook played three minutes, 54 seconds in the second quarter of Game 5 and in that span scored eight points, shooting 3 for 3 from the field and 2 for 2 from 3-point range.
Thunder reserve forward Nick Collison, who played 20 minutes after Serge Ibaka got into early foul trouble, shot 3 for 3 from the field and is now shooting 68.6 percent from the floor this postseason (21 for 32). … Despite committing six turnovers in the final period, the Thunder still finished with fewer than the Spurs (21-17). … The Thunder shot 50.0 percent from the field and is now 22-0 when shooting 50 percent or better this season. … Serge Ibaka, who went 11 for 11 from the field in Game 4, made his first two shots before missing a tip-in in Game 5, snapping his consecutive field-goal streak at 14 (he made his last shot in Game 3). … With 6:48 left in the first quarter, Thunder coach Scott Brooks went over the discuss a call with referee Scott Foster. Before he spoke, however, Brooks reached inside his sport coat and turned off the TNT mike.