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May 27, 2014

No laughing matter for the Thunder

OKC hoping to carry momentum into Game 4 after convincing Game 3 victory

NORMAN — Kevin Durant doesn’t like to be laughed at. None of Oklahoma City’s team is fond of being the butt of jokes.

Yet, that is what where they were coming out of Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals. Trailing the San Antonio Spurs 0-2, Durant and his teammates heard the remarks being made about them and decided to do something about it.

That something came in Game 3 when the Thunder came away with a convincing 106-97 victory.

“We just wanted to win, man,” Durant said. “That’s all we wanted to do was win, take it a possession at a time. We felt like we were laughed at. That’s how it felt. Everybody was just joking and laughing at us, saying we quit, saying we’re going to lose, we’re going to get swept. We take that to heart.”

Oklahoma City is not in control of the series, but the laughing has stopped for now. Trailing 2-1 heading into Game 4 tonight at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, they have a chance to put some heat on the Spurs.

“Just keeping everything in perspective,” Caron Butler said. “It was just one game, and obviously you want to continue to protect home court and get another one and even the series. Just continue to execute our offense and continue to move forward and build off the momentum from the last game.”

For San Antonio’s part, they are doing their best to put Game 3 behind them. Manu Ginobili doesn’t believe his team gave their best effort when they had a chance to all but eliminate the Thunder.

“They knew they were in a tough situation,” Ginobili said. “They needed to win this game. There was a lot of emotion, the fact that (Serge) Ibaka was back really drove them, too. The fans, of course, they had a lot of energy. They played better, and we were a little lagging behind. We were not as intense as they were. I think that could really summarize the whole game more than Xs and Os or shots made or not.”

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