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Thunder notebook: Limited number of Game 5 tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday

BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: April 26, 2011
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A limited number of single-game tickets to Game 5 will go on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday. They will be available on-line only via a link at thunder.nba.com. Tipoff is Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.

3-AND-NOT-OVER

Down 3-0 in their opening-round series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Denver Nuggets stayed alive with a 104-101 victory on Monday night inside the Pepsi Center to prevent getting swept.

No NBA team has ever come back from a 3-0 playoff deficit and won the series.

Three teams have been down 3-0 and forced a Game 7, including the Denver Nuggets in 1994 against the Utah Jazz. The last time it happened was in 2003 by the Portland Trail Blazers, who were coached by Thunder assistant Maurice Cheeks.

Eight teams have come back from a 3-1 deficit: Boston (1968); Los Angeles Lakers (1970); Washington (1979); Boston (1981); Houston (1995); Miami (1997); Detroit (2003); Phoenix (2006).

"There's no more moral victories, there's no more going back to the drawing board," Nuggets guard Arron Afflalo said before Game 4. "There's only one way: Show that you were able to be victorious and make them think about it for two days. That's the only way we're going to put doubt in their mind – at the end of Game 4, we won. That's it."

MOUNTAIN CHILL

The Thunder shot just 36.3 percent from the field in Game 3 and didn't fare much better at the outset of Game 4, missing five of its first six and eight of its first 10 shots from the field. OKC also missed three of its first four free throws.

The Thunder wound up shooting 6 for 18 from the field (.333) and 6 for 10 (.600) from the free-throw line in the first quarter and trailed 26-20. OKC reserve point guard Eric Maynor swished a half-court shot at the buzzer, but did not get the shot off in time.

OKC was hurt most in the paint, getting outscored 16-4.

NO CELEBRATING

Denver coach George Karl is familiar with elimination games in the playoffs, as are most coaches since only the eventual champion survives.

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