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Trans. Jun 13 4:46 ET (Jun 13 4:46 ET ) OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Lost in the flashiness of the Oklahoma City Thunder's offensive fireworks is soft-spoken forward Nick Collison, a steady hand on a young team playing for the National Basketball Association (NBA) championship. The Thunder's series-opening 105-94 victory over the Miami Heat on Tuesday in the NBA Finals was vintage Collison: eight points, 10 rebounds and one steal in 21 minutes. On a night that Kevin Durant scores 36 and backcourt mate Russell Westbrook adds 27, hardly a word was spoken about Collison's vital contribution off the bench. ...
Kevin Durant scored 30 points and recorded 9 assists, 6 rebounds and 4 steals in a complete effort to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a victory over the Sacramento Kings, 108-93. Oklahoma City (31-10) has now won three consecutive games. Other top contributors for Oklahoma City included Serge Ibaka with 20 points and 6 rebounds, and Nick Collison with 10 points and 7 rebounds. Isaiah Thomas had another big game for Sacramento despite the loss, putting up 38 points on 11-18 shooting (4-8 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 12-13 from the free throw line.
Its one thing for the Bulls to put on a brave face during this injury-riddled, adversity-filled season. Even before Saturday nights 100-84 victory over the Cavaliers at the United Center, members of the last team to face the Bulls claim to have seen signs that the tough-luck bunch could turn things around. They execute and defend, so they definitely can be a team that can get it going, for sure, Thunder veteran big man Nick Collison, a close friend of Bulls floor general Kirk Hinrich, told CSNChicago.com. Collison, who talked with Hinrich before his own teams Thursday-night rout over the Bulls, added: We didnt really get into it, but I know theyve got a lot of guys with a lot of pride and theyre well-coached, so I think they can turn it around.
The Detroit Pistons are a much-improved team after Joe Dumars rebuilt the roster once again over the summer. That doesn't mean they are ready to knock off teams like the Oklahoma City Thunder. Detroit played the Thunder tough into the third quarter Friday night, but Oklahoma City's superior depth took over down the stretch, especially once Andre Drummond and Josh Smith got into foul trouble. Rookie Steven Adams finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while fellow post reserve Nick Collison had nine points and four rebounds in a 119-110 victory.
Game-winners follow some standard templates: the one-on-one jumper, the pick-and-roll, the drive to the rim that ends in either a lay-in or a kickout to a shooter for an open jumper. There are varying degrees of difficulty and excitement within and across those categories, of course, but the plays usually fall within that range.
Wednesday night, then, represented something of an outlier, because it featured two game-winners achieved by other means: the tip-in.
The first occurred in one of the night's marquee games: a tense, tight matchup between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Memphis Grizzlies, two of the top three contenders in the West. With 13.6 seconds left in overtime and OKC up 89-88, Memphis isolated Zach Randolph in the post. He faced up, tried to drive, and put up a tough runner over Nick Collison and the slow-to-rotate Kendrick Perkins. That left Kevin Durant to box out Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, who muscled into position and tipped the ball in with 0.8 seconds on the clock.
The Thunder still had a 20-second timeout they could have used to both advance the ball and try to draw up their own game-winning response, but as Daily Thunder's Royce Young wrote , "Perk inexplicably inbounded the ball [and] Westbrook launched a 70-foot shot that was wide right." OKC's prayer went unanswered, and the Grizzlies won 90-88 .
Watch that play above. After the jump, check out how rookie forward Anthony Davis downed the Boston Celtics in New Orleans.
OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Lost in the flashiness of the Oklahoma City Thunder's offensive fireworks is soft-spoken forward Nick Collison, a steady hand on a young team playing for the National Basketball Association (NBA) championship. The Thunder's series-opening 105-94 victory over the Miami Heat on Tuesday in the NBA Finals was vintage Collison: eight points, 10 rebounds and one steal in 21 minutes. On a night that Kevin Durant scores 36 and backcourt mate Russell Westbrook adds 27, hardly a word was spoken about Collison's vital contribution off the bench. ...
The Oklahoma City Thunder are in the NBA Finals. Good for them. Good for Kevin Durant. Good for Nick Collison. I may just stick with the Western Conference and root with a measured amount of enthusiasm for the Thunder. Will it be easy? No. Here are five reasons it is a little tough to see the Thunder win.
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