Thunder notebook: J.R. Smith, Nuggets looking for ‘a pulse'

BY JOHN ROHDE Published: April 21, 2011

“I think (career 3-point king) Ray Allen and I combined for 50,” Collison said. “He had 45 and I had five. You can look it up, but I remember Ray played great that game.”

Collison speaks the truth. Allen went 17 for 28 from the field, 6 for 14 from 3-point range, 5 for 5 from the free-throw line and finished with 45 points. Collison went 2 for 3 from the floor, 1 for 1 from the line and finished with five points.

HALFWAY THERE

Thunder players and coaches reiterated a 2-0 series lead is only halfway there.

“I'm happy that we protected home and we did what we were supposed to do,” center Nazr Mohammed said, “but like everyone says, ‘The series doesn't begin until you win on the other team's home floor.' We haven't won on their home floor yet. All we did is protect home and we have to keep that same focus to go in there and win on their floor. It's far from over. If they win two games on their floor, we've got a series.”

REMEMBER WHEN

The last time Denver and the Seattle franchise met in the playoffs was in 1994. Nuggets coach George Karl was coaching the top-seeded SuperSonics (63-19), who lost 3-2 to No. 8-seeded Denver (42-40).

“Those first two games were somewhat lopsided,” Karl recalled. “We were somewhat in control, and they win Game 3 and 4, one is on overtime. Then in Game 5, Robert Pack (23 points, four assists, two steals) and the (Reggie) Williams kid (11 points, 11 rebounds) had their career nights, and LaPhonso Ellis (19 points) played great.

“I remember the game pretty clearly. Probably the worst day of my life. I know it was the worst night of my life. I can remember almost exactly what I was doing. It wasn't very good.”

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