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Brooks, Carlisle remain close, despite rivalry

The Sports Xchange
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--Thunder coach Scott Brooks and Dallas coach Rick Carlisle were once roommates in the CBA. But their shared history hasn't stopped either from sniping at each other as the teams meet in the playoffs for the second straight year.

Carlisle complained about the Thunder's physical play against Dirk Nowitzki in Game 1. Brooks told reporters not to get "caught up in that" because "that's what (Carlisle) does." Carlisle responded that he's not "posturing or positioning," with respect of influencing the refs.

Bad blood between the two coaches?

"No, not at all," Brooks said. "He's a good guy and a good coach. He was even a good roommate; he didn't snore."

--The Thunder foursome of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Serge Ibaka combined for all but five of the team's 99 points in Game 1. (Thabo Sefolosha had the other five.)

The scoring load had some better distribution Monday night. Durant, Westbrook and Harden were good for 60 points in Game 2. Kendrick Perkins scored 13 after being scoreless Saturday. Derek Fisher added 11 points. Nick Collison and Daequan Cook also scored. Ibaka had two points.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"We knew these guys were going to play physical, they are a physical team. The refs did a great job of letting us play. We just have to continue to take that punch from them and do a great job of sticking together. Games like these in the playoffs are going to get chippy." -- Forward Kevin Durant, on Game 2.

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