Thunder coach Scott Brooks:

(On the game tonight)

''We didn’t do a good job of stopping the basketball in the second half. Tyreke (Evans) got to the paint too many times, he got to the free throw line too many times – I think 11 times in the 2nd half. We fouled them early and put him (Evans) on the free throw line. They got in the bonus too early. We didn’t play well. Give them credit. They came out and played hard. They have guys banged up, but the coaching staff has done a good job all year. They’ve had injuries all year, but they still fight. They should have won the last game, or had a chance to win in Houston, and tonight they won. They won because they played better than us.''

(On Tyreke Evans’ game)

''We tried many guys on him, he just got around us. He was getting around us and he got some calls in the 2nd half. He’s an aggressive player. He’s a very good player. Give him credit, he had a career night. We have to do better. We didn’t do a good job of guarding him. It starts with our team defense. We don’t focus on one guy scoring points, we focus on them scoring points…and they had their way in that second half on us.''

Thunder forward Caron Butler:

(On the loss)

''They won the game because they play for Monty Williams. They played hard and played the right way. You have to give them credit. Our defense wasn’t strong enough tonight and they played good enough to win.''

(On the play of Tyreke Evans)

''They did a great job of disguising their offense. And he is excellent at finishing at the rim. You have to give him credit.''