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The Oklahoma City Thunder’s big comeback win over the Los Angeles Lakers Thursday has everyone talking about how much of a statement game it was.It comes only a few days after their complete destruction of the Miami Heat.
OKC holds a comfortable three-game lead atop the Western Conference and leads the NBA in both points per game (103.7) and free throw percentage (79.7 per cent).
But this is the ONE reason why the Thunder are the team to beat and look like soon-to-be-crowned 2012 NBA Champions: Oklahoma City has a 13-4 record against the NBA’s elite teams.
The teams we’ve included in this group are the Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, and Dallas Mavericks.
The Miami Heat, NBA championship favourites in many people’s eyes, are merely 7-6 against this same group (switch out Miami for OKC).
OKC still has six games left against these teams, including their next three versus Chicago and Memphis at home and on the road against Miami.
Come playoff time, the Thunder will not only be THE most battle-tested team in the NBA, but they’ll also have a phenomenal record against the best teams in the league.
All those playoff atmosphere-like games should propel them to the top. Expect A LOT of this over the summer:
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