“It had everything to do with who we are as men,” Brooks said. “Who we are as a team, the type of spirit that we want to show every time down the court.”
Strange game. It didn't turn. I defy someone to give me a turning point. Other than halftime. The Thunder just staged a 24-minute assault.
OKC wiped out the Spurs' lead before quarter's end, then won going away.
Westbrook was great and Durant was better. Southpaws James Harden and Derek Fisher nailed back-breaking 3-pointers in the final moments.
But the telling possession came with a minute left, and the Spurs within striking distance, 103-99.
Some guy behind me had been yelling, “Why is Kendrick Perkins in the game!” Then Perk answered the question. He blocked a shot from Tim Duncan, still a force at age 36. Then Stephen Jackson, who at that had launched eight 3-pointers, making six and getting fouled on the other two for a 23-point night, finally missed. And Parker, his legs gone, missed, too.
Durant passed to Perk for a dunk that exploded the noise to Oklahoma City decibel records and brought the streamers down.
And the expectations up.
Looks like these guys can handle it.
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