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Thunder transition defense weak in win over Spurs

Oklahoma City beat San Antonio 111-102 in an exhibition game on Monday, but the Thunder struggled in the first half.
by Darnell Mayberry Modified: October 18, 2010 at 11:38 pm •  Published: October 18, 2010
/articleid/3505915/1/pictures/1200366">Photo - San Antonio's George Hill, front, drives around Oklahoma City's Eric Maynor during Monday's preseason game. AP PHOTO
San Antonio's George Hill, front, drives around Oklahoma City's Eric Maynor during Monday's preseason game. AP PHOTO

The Thunder outscored the Spurs 60-41 in the second half, as Brooks stuck to his goal of playing his starters their customary minutes.

With two preseason games left, and Brooks planning to hold out Durant and Russell Westbrook tonight in Denver, the pressing question is which half Monday night most resembled the real version of the Thunder?

"I judge the guys by how they play and what they do on the floor," Brooks said. "There's a style of play that we have to play, and we showed that in spurts throughout the game."

Durant, who shook off a miserable shooting performance in the first half to finish with a game-high 29 points, said his team needs to study the good and bad from Monday night.

"We can learn a lot from our mistakes in the first half," Durant said. "I think we had some breakdowns in giving them layups in transition. But the second half, I think it was two different teams you saw on the defensive end. Everybody helped each other. We scrambled. We played harder. And we came up with stops. That's what type of team we are."

Durant then noted there is more work left to be done before next Wednesday's regular-season opener.

"We got to put two halves together," Durant said.

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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