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POINTS IN PAINT
Though fast-break points were a 9-9 draw in Game 1, the Nuggets dominated the paint and outscored the Thunder 46-28.
â€śThe No. 1 thing is we have to get back in transition,â€ť Brooks said. â€śThis team is fast. They have multiple players who can handle the ball and attack the basket. Nene is as good of a running big that there is in basketball. We have to get back. They were scoring a bunch of points in the first half in the paint.
â€śThat's what they do. They led the league in scoring not just by shooting jump shots. They get to the free-throw line. We have to cut off those points in the paint. That's always been our game plan.â€ť
Denver center Nene had 22 points that came on 9-for-11 shooting in Game 1.
â€śOur pick-and-roll coverage has to be better,â€ť Thunder reserve power forward Nick Collison said. â€śHe got a lot of drop-offs because we didn't guard the ball at the point of the ball very well, and in transition, too. I think he had three or four in transition, where we just didn't get him picked up and didn't get him covered.â€ť
Karl when asked if Seattle's history should be recognized in Oklahoma City: â€śThat's a sensitive bag of worms right there, baby.â€ť
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