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Thunder notebook: Offensive rebounding woes; Thunder get off to bad start

BY MIKE BALDWIN Modified: January 14, 2010 at 9:02 am •  Published: January 14, 2010

/> "I like the spirit about our team,” Brooks said. "We’re not going to give up. When we got down by (19), we could have said, ‘This is one of those games we just don’t have it.’ But we have a great spirit, a great mentality that we’re going to keep fighting.”

Kevin Durant said: "Our team doesn’t like to take moral victories, but I’m obviously proud of the way we fought.”

SHORTHANDED SPURS
Perennial All-Star forward Tim Duncan, who has battled knee issues in recent years, was given the night off. Veteran forwards Michael Finley and Matt Bonner were inactive. Duncan had played 29 consecutive games the past two months dating back to the first meeting with Oklahoma City on Nov. 11.

"It’s time to start (resting Duncan),” Popovich said. "It’s the second half of the season... He started it last summer when he started his workouts a month later. We’re going to continue it by making him sit out more back-to-backs than we have before. We’ll see if it pays dividends come playoff time.”

SPURS: NO GHOST STORIES AT SKIRVIN
The Spurs arrived late Tuesday night and stayed at the Skirvin, the same hotel a few Knicks players said was haunted when they stayed there Sunday night.

"I heard about that,” said Spurs guard Manu Ginobili. "It adds a little flavor. But I slept like a baby.”

FAST BREAK...
The Thunder is 0-3 in overtime. ... For only the second time this season, OKC lost a game in which it scores 100 points. For the second consecutive game, Byron Mullens and Kevin Ollie were active while D.J. White was inactive, dressed in street clothes. Mullens and Ollie did not play.


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