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Thunder report card: An 'A' for defending Zach Randolph, responding to pressure

BY BERRY TRAMEL, Staff Writer, btramel@opubco.com Published: May 15, 2011
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Ball sharing: A. The Thunder had 25 assists, led by Westbrook's 14. The Thunder had been averaging 17.5 in the series and never had more than 17 in the five-game Denver series.

Second chances: C. The Thunder had 16 offensive rebounds, almost matching the Grizzlies' 19, but Memphis outscored OKC 23-12 in second-chance points. Randolph's putback of Mayo's missed foul shot with 20 seconds left in the third quarter was Memphis' last hurrah, cutting the Thunder lead to 69-58.

Perimeter shooting: A. The Thunder made 11 of 28 3-pointers, despite Daequan Cook's 0-for-4 showing. Such shooting was big considering OKC got outscored 46-36 in the paint. The Thunder was solid on midrange jumpers, too. Even Kendrick Perkins canned a 16-footer.

Basket protection: A. The Thunder blocked 11 shots, matching the third-highest total in 94 games this season. And Ibaka wasn't even the chief instigator. Durant and Collison each blocked three shots, and Perkins rejected two. The Thunder blocked five shots by penetrating point guard Mike Conley.


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