Mavericks take Thunder to the limit in overtime

The game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Oklahoma City Thunder was one for the ages and looked more like an ABA game of lore. In the end, the Mavericks walked out of Chesapeake Energy Arena with a 135-131 victory.

“It was a great basketball game,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. “Every once in a while, you stand over there and you say, `This is an unbelievable game to be a part of,’ and it was. The extreme momentum swings back and forth – the shot making was breathtaking.”

Even another Russell Westbrook triple double (31 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists) could not help the Thunder, losers of three of their last four games.  Center Enes Kantor also added 30 points and 16 rebounds.

“I think we just got beat on a lot of pick-and-rolls, and I think we just have to work on it,” Kanter said.

The Thunder continue their road trip to another playoff contending team, the Memphis Grizzlies tomorrow night.  Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so get yours today!

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Thunder fall in game five

Ibaka held to six points on 3-10 shooting and two rebounds

The Oklahoma City Thunder knew that the task at hand would not be an easy one and, they had proven over the course of the regular season that the Spurs were beatable.  Even in the Western Conference Finals, the Thunder were able to absorb the Spurs Home Court Advantage and even the series at home.

In a game of adjustments, Thunder Head Coach Scott Brooks knew the Spurs would have one waiting at the AT&T Center.

“Their adjustment [was] they played a much better game,” Brooks said. “That is a good team that scores in bunches and they close out quarters, and they get you running after the ball. You have to be able to contain that basketball. … We gave them everything they wanted. They got the dribble drive, they got the three-point line, and they got to the free-throw line.”

The Thunder have the opportunity to make their adjustments as they meet the Spurs in Game six of the Western Conference Finals tomorrow at 7:30.  Great seats and cheap tickets still remain!  Be sure to get yours now!

Thunder and Grizzlies square off in Game 5

With the series tied at two games apiece, the Oklahoma Thunder are hoping that they will be able to survive another game to take a three games to two lead.  This series has been anything but predictable.

It can be said that poor free throw shooting doomed the Grizzlies in game four, leaving 10 points on the table shooting 13 of 23 from the line.  The Thunder shot 18 of 20 from the line.

The Thunder were led by journeyman Reggie Jackson who finished 11-16 from the field and 8-8 at the line but his head coach says Jackson has been doing this all season.

“Reggie Jackson played an outstanding basketball game and he was able to attack and finish around the rim like he’s done all year,” Head Coach Scott Brooks said. “I knew he would bounce back. That’s what he’s done for us when he started and he’s done a great job of coming in and giving us that lift offensively when we’ve needed him as a sixth man.”

Great seats and cheap tickets are still available so be sure to get your tickets now and support your Oklahoma Thunder!

Thunder end Spurs Streak at 19

Durant extends his own streak

It was bound to happen and the Oklahoma City Thunder were more than happy to take to take the San Antonio Spurs to task once again.  And once again, the Thunder did not disappoint.  Not only did the franchise end the Spurs winning streak, they completed a sweep of their league leading nemises.

“That’s a big thing,” Westbrook said. “When you have a team that’s a good basketball team — they’re the No. 1 team in the West, and we want to be the best team, you’ve got to beat the best. I think we did a great job of that tonight.”

Kevin Durant did his normal thing, hitting the magic number of 25 and finishing with 28 points to extend his 25+ streak to 39 games.  It was with 3:31 left in the game that point # 25 came.

“That was a cool feeling,” Durant said. “I don’t want to take those moments for granted. It’s not what I’m really playing the game for, but it is still cool to see that support from such great fans, no matter what.”

The fact that the Thunder swept the Spurs is a much bigger issue.  If the two teams meet again in the playoffs, it will be in the Western Conference Finals which, only two teams in history have ever done what the Spurs hope to do; beat them in a seven game series.  Only the 1986 Celtics and 1989 Pistons were able to beat the team in the Conference Finals that swept them in the regular season.

The Thunder next face the Rockets on the road while their next home game will be against the Pelicans next Friday.  Get your tickets now!

Thunder drop Nuggets, prepare for Clippers

The Oklahoma City Thunder came back a 14 point third quarter deficit concluding in a thrilling 115-113 win over the Denver Nuggets.

“We knew they’d be tough. We’ve got to do a better job of being a defensive team,” Thunder Head Coach Scott Brooks said. “We have to play better defense. But in the fourth quarter we really locked in and played inspired basketball.”

The loss dropped the Nuggets to 4-6 with Kevin Durant dropping 38 points in the loss.  Durant, though, conceded that his team has to come out of the gate with more urgency.

“We can’t start the game off giving them 39 points in the first quarter that just opens the flood gates for them,” Durant said after the game.  “We have to be better. But we fought hard and made the plays down the stretch.”

The LA Clippers come calling on the 7-3 Thunder Thursday night.  Great Seats and Tickets are still available.

Thunder slip past Wizards

The Oklahoma City Thunder marked their biggest comeback in the OKC era, overcoming a 10-point deficit in the final four minutes to beat the Washington Wizards 106-105.

That never-quit mentality we’ve always had,” Head Coach Scott Brooks said after the game. “That’s what got the win for us tonight. We just played inspired basketball when we were down 10.”

The Thunder take on the LA Clippers tonight in Los Angeles.  Great seats and tickets are still available.

Oklahoma on the verge of making history

Bryant puts loss on Gasol

The Los Angeles Lakers have been so up and down this season but right in the thick of the playoffs is not a place for a downswing as the Oklahoma City Thunder go back home for game six.  Should the Thunder win, it will mark a new chapter for the team that was once known as the Supersonics.

“We know we have a big challenge ahead to close out a team. Nobody wants to  go home early. We know the Lakers are a championship-level team,” Thunder Coach Scotty Brooks said.  “They’re not  just going to give us game four. We have to win game No. 4.  We know it’s always tough to close out a team, especially a team with  championship DNA. A guy with Kobe on their team is not going to give up.”

For the Lakers, winning two games in a row seems nearly impossible and Kobe has pretty much called out the entire team and specifically Pau Gasol who did not attempt one FG in the crucial 4th quarter and specifically with 33.9 seconds left in a tied game.

During a timeout, Gasol went to  Bryant and set up a pick and roll play.  Once the ball was inbound, Bryant swung the ball to Gasol who promptly tossed it to Kevin Durant.

“Pau’s got to be more assertive,” Bryant said. “He’s the guy out there that we need. When he’s getting the ball he’s looking to pass. He’s got to be aggressive. He’s got to shoot the ball. He’s got to drive the ball to the basket and he will in the next game.”

Bryant is right on that point, but it’s more than just Gasol, the whole Lakers team has to step up. While Gasol’s playoff best in points with the Lakers was in 2010 where he averaged 19.6 points a game (2012 playoff he’s averaging 12.4) the Lakers overall are only averaging 94.4 points a game.  Hardly playoff basketball.

Meanwhile, the Thunder keep humming along averaging nearly 100 points a game (99.3ppg) and,  more importantly keeping a calm, cool attitude that the Lakers were once known for.

The Teacher becomes the Student….this is the way of the NBA.