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May 31, 2014

Thunder fight hardest when they’re cornered

NORMAN — The Oklahoma City Thunder have had their backs against the wall more times than they care to count. In this postseason alone, they were one loss away from being eliminated in the first round by Memphis.

But each time the Thunder have been pushed to the brink, they manage to find a way to push back and keep their championship homes alive.

“We’re definitely a team that does not like to lose, and we’ve always seemed to bounce back,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. “We’re a resilient group. Obviously we had to win in Memphis in Game 6 and then at home in Game 7, and then we had obviously an emotional letdown against the Clippers with that tough loss that we had there, and then we somehow bounced back and won that game, and then won in another tough place, Game 6 in LA.”

The Thunder are back in the friendly confines of Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Arena tonight for Game 6. With it being a win-or-go-home contest, the team knows exactly what their attitude must be when facing San Antonio.

“Just know it’s a must-win,” Kevin Durant said. “That means do or die. That’s self-explanatory. If you can’t get up for that, then ... I’ve always been the guy that’s going to bring it and that’s going to play to win, so it’s a must-win, and I can’t sit home and think about it every single minute of the day, but I’ve got to know how important it is.”

Despite the 28-point blowout Thursday, the Thunder say they are still confident they can get the job done. While they give the Spurs credit, they see the loss as more about what was wrong with Oklahoma City.

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