“There’s been some tough times,” Jackson said. “All the work, all the long nights in gyms, all the days trying to reach the moment and live the dream that seemed to always escape his grasp. Just having my teammates trust me that I could make the shots, it was a very emotional moment for me.”
The Thunder and Grizzlies have played in three straight overtime games. It’s the second time it has ever happened. The first came in 2009 between the Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls.
“It’s nerve wrecking to be honest, Durant said. “It’s great basketball. Both teams are coming out there putting it all out on the line to win basketball games. We have a long way to go. We have more work to do. But it’s fun playing in those type of games.”
But the two teams have also played in a total of eight extra periods since the 2010 season. Memphis is 6-2 in those games. Entering tonight Memphis and Oklahoma City have played 7,478 minutes of head-to-head basketball since 2010. That is the most in the NBA in that time frame. The Celtics and Bulls are second with 6,605.
Former Clipper stands by brothers
One of Butler’s many stops around the NBA before coming to Oklahoma City was with the Clippers. He spent two years on the squad that is now in the eye of the storm due to the racially charged remarks by owner Donald Sterling that were caught on tape.
“When I got news, I thought it was just a bad situation, an unfortunate situation,” Butler said. “And I agree with my peers all around the league. There’s no room in our game for that or our society.”
Butler also said he had no idea Sterling felt that way about black people.
“Didn’t know him,” Butler said. “I just knew he was the owner and knew him like that. That’s it.”
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