Thunder-Kings: Oklahoma City Pulls off Win Despite Last-Second Hiccups

Greg EvansCorrespondent IMarch 11, 2009

When Thabo Sefolosha hit the floor with six seconds remaining, leaving Sacremento's Andre Nocioni wide open for a three that would have put the Kings ahead, most Oklahoma City fans figured they were in for another heart-breaking loss. That shot didn't even manage to touch rim, and Sefolosha hit a pair of free throws to help the Thunder put this one away.

Last night also saw the return of Jeff Green. He recorded 22 points, six rebounds, two assists, and a steal. He was also responsible for seven turnovers in the second half that almost lead to the Kings' late run.

After a slew of games where he was the leading scorer, Nenad Krstic was limited to nine points but had his highest rebound total of the year, with 15. His play was pivotal in the fourth quarter as the Thunder struggled to hold off Sacramento.

For the second straight game, Sefolosha limited the opponent's leading scorer well below his season average. Kevin Martin was held to 15 points and sat out the fourth quarter with an ankle injury. Sefolosha has continued to establish himself as the dominate defensive presence for the Thunder.

Many people doubted that Sefolosha was worth the first-round pick Oklahoma City gave up for him. He has continued to prove that he was worth that pick, and so much more. Not only is he a force defensively, he has also averaged over 15 points since putting on the Blue and Red/Orange of the Thunder. Should Sefolosha be included in the talks of the Thunder's future? If he continues to play like he has, then it is quite possible that he will be in OKC for quite sometime.


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