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Practice Report: Defense Is Key In Closing Door On Dallas

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After two playoff games in Dallas, the Thunder return home with the chance to close out the series with a win on Monday.

But in order to do so, OKC needs to play with intensity on both ends of the court, through all four quarters.

Billy Donovan and players agree, that in Game Four, the team faltered in their defensive energy in the first half. The Mavericks trailed by single digits at the half and kept it close in the second half, too close for comfort.

Although OKC tried to force Dirk Nowitzki to take the tough shots, the playoff veteran put up 27 points for Dallas. The underdogs in this series made the Thunder fight til the very end.

OKC looking to shut down Dallas on Monday in Game Five at Chesapeake Arena, tip-off is set for 7 PM.