Analyst Stephen Howard said, “Wow, it's all about the bigs. You look at them at the start, particularly Perkins and Ibaka, getting those early baskets.”
TV voice Brian Davis said the game “felt like a 15-round prize fight.”
*An “Inside Trax” segment entering the third quarter showed Brooks exhorting his team. “I need everything you have, everything. I want to contest every pass, contest every shot. I want to rebound and I want to run. I don't care about anything other than we're winning.”
*On the pregame show, TNT had a long segment about Barkley sightseeing on Friday in Oklahoma City, which included eating at Cattlemen's Steakhouse with Oklahoman sports columnist Jenni Carlson, taking a ride on a river boat cruise, working out in the Devon Boathouse and visiting the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial. Barkley was moved after the memorial visit.
“It's really powerful. You should go. … It was one of the most intense things I've done in my life,” Barkley said.
Barkley said both San Antonio and Oklahoma City were “fantastic.”
“San Antonio has some big ol' women, but two great cities,” he said.
*On the postgame show, a couple dressed in wedding garb got a lot of attention from TNT. The studio crew poked fun at the groom's thin hair style, saying he had a miniature double Mohawk. “You got to come home and shave your baby's head,” Barkley said.
*TNT noted some of its crew was too scared to stay at the Skirvin Hotel because of its legend of being haunted. The segment showed sideline reporter Craig Sager trying to act scared in his bed.
*Among the celebrity fans shown by TNT were Ryan Seacrest, NBA commissioner David Stern and Michigan State coach Tom Izzo.
*On the pregame show, Sager interviewed Spurs general manager R.C. Buford and Thunder general manager Sam Presti, who got his start in the Spurs' organization. In comparing the franchises, Buford noted that Tim Duncan and David Robinson had set the bar high.
“They (the Thunder) have similar-type personalities that are setting the bar high.”