Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/22/12
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OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Oklahoma City Thunder knew it could play better. Despite cruising to one of the best records in the Western Conference, the Thunder looked almost disinterested since making their run to the NBA Finals last year. That changed Wednesday when the Los Angeles Clippers pulled into town for a pre-Thanksgiving battle. In front of a national TV audience, Oklahoma City held off Los Angeles 117-111 in overtime at the Chesapeake Energy Arena for its biggest win of the early season. "I thought that was a hard-fought basketball game," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. "Both teams really laid it on the line. Our crowd was phenomenal. I thought it was like a playoff game, if you want to say that in November." The last time the Thunder (9-3) played one of the elite teams in the league, they fell apart down the stretch. This time, they found a way to make the big plays when needed. With two minutes left in the fourth quarter, Los Angeles forward Matt Barnes sank two fre...
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