BROOKS: ‘OH. MY. GOD'
With 14.6 seconds left in Game 6 on Wednesday night and Chesapeake Energy Arena louder than it's ever been since opening its doors a decade ago, it appeared as though Thunder coach Scott Brooks was trying to protect his ears in the deafening din.
As his team put the finishing touches on a 107-99 victory to clinch the Western Conference championship, Brooks actually was gently rubbing both temples to try and calm his nerves.
While he did so, the 46-year-old coach said softly and slowly: “Oh. My. God.”
NBA FINALS TICKETS ON SALE SATURDAY
A limited number of single-game tickets for the first two games of the NBA Finals will go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday at Thunder.NBA.com.
The series will begin Tuesday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena at 8 p.m. Game 2 will be played Thursday in Oklahoma City before the series moves to either Miami or Boston for Game 3.
Season ticket holders will be able to print their tickets online beginning Friday.
DURANT THRIVES ON PRESSURE
Kevin Durant was asked at his team's shootaround Wednesday morning if Game 6, a closeout game in this Western Conference Finals, was the biggest game of his life.
Before answering, the Thunder star sighed.
“You're putting a lot of pressure on me, man,” Durant said, smiling. “You could say that.
“As a kid, you dream about playing in big, big games like this. Hopefully, we come out there and do a good job.”
Eighty percent of the Thunder's roster has never been in this position. For those 12 guys, this is the biggest game of their lives. Only Derek Fisher, Kendrick Perkins and Nazr Mohammed have appeared in the NBA Finals. For the rest, this is foreign territory.
“We just got to go out there with the mindset that every possession is important, like if we lose this game it's life or death,” Durant said. “That's the type of approach we need to take.”
HARDEN GETS A SCARE
With 8:40 remaining and the tide continuing to turn toward the Thunder, Oklahoma City got a scare when James Harden was fouled by Manu Ginobili on a break.
Ginobili caught Harden across the nose from behind as Harden tried to convert on the pass from Westbrook.
Harden, who missed the final two games of the regular season with a concussion after being fouled by the Lakers' Metta World Peace, eventually was able to take his free throws.
Harden missed the first, leaving it short, but made the second.
JACKSON T HELPS THUNDER RALLY
After hitting a 3-pointer with 4:22 left in the third to put San Antonio up 74-66, Stephen Jackson was called for a technical foul, helping keep a Thunder rally alive.