--After Derek Fisher took a charge. “Fisher is one of the best floppers in the game and he is one of the best defenders as well.”
-- On the Rockets' loose demeanor. “Can you tell me who has nothing to lose? They are playing like it. Letting it go.”
-- On guard play. “The guards of Houston Rockets are so much quicker than the guards of OKC.”
--Webber ripped Deandre Liggins for failing to guard Harden near the end of the third quarter. Harden let the ball roll up the court, setting up a two-for-one, the drilled a 3.
At halftime, Barkley blamed the crowd for not inspiring the Thunder. “They have the best home court in the NBA and the crowd has been very lackadaisical and it's not giving them energy, in my opinion.”
O'Neil said he didn't like the Thunder's body language. “Real players can't sleep before the game. They don't want to talk to no relatives. They can't wait to get to the game and they have a look of anger on their face.”
Kenny Smith said the young Rockets were getting “comfortable” taking three-point shots. “The reason they are making them is because they are comfortable making them, like Charles in a tie now, very comfortable.”
—Patrick Beverley's first-quarter technical drew reaction from the analysts. Webber said he didn't think Beverley's play on Russell Westbrook in Game 2 or his elbow to Reggie Jackson on Wednesday night were dirty plays.
“Now Beverley needs to realize I got one technical and I need to calm down,” Webber said. “I've shown I can be tough and aggressive.”
“There is some trash being spoken tonight at Chesapeake Arena,” FSOK announcer Brian Davis said. “The emotional intensity is palpable.”
--During a timeout in the third quarter, Brooks scolded his team: “We got to play with some passion. We got to play like we want to win this game. Play. Efficiency. Enthusiasm. Do it. You guys are capable of doing it.”