Thunder players are ready to get back on the road after completing a season-long homestand with a 5-1 record. During the six-game stay at Oklahoma City Arena, the team clinched a playoff spot and moved closer to locking down the Northwest Division title.
As much as the time at home was beneficial and productive, the guys also got somewhat antsy. Getting back into hostile arenas as playoff preparations amp up is crucial with only nine games left in the regular season.
"We had a nice homestand, a good month of March," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said.
Oklahoma City is 13-2 so far this month, but it's not over. The Thunder's four-game road trip begins Wednesday night at Phoenix. Portland, the Los Angeles Clippers and Denver are also on the trek.
As important as it was to punch a postseason ticket on the homestand, there was no celebrating the accomplishment.
"We've got a lot of work to do," reserve guard Eric Maynor said. "Last year we were happy because we clinched a playoff spot, but this year we feel like we can do more than just clinch and make the playoffs, and do more than just make it to the first round."
THUNDER 115, WARRIORS 114 (OT): Kevin Durant took over in overtime Tuesday night, finishing with 39 points to led Oklahoma City past visiting Golden State. The Thunder appeared to have it wrapped up late in regulation with a six-point lead, but two 3-pointers by the Warriors in the last 11.1 seconds forced the extra session. Durant scored the first eight points of OT, and Russell Westbrook provided the game-winning free throw with 11.4 seconds left.
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