Returning to Los Angeles for a Playoff game for the first time as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder must have been an interesting experience for guard Derek Fisher. However, the former long-time Laker remained poised and delivered in the most important of moments. With the Thunder trailing by 13, Head Coach Scot Brooks’ team needed a bucket in the worst way, which was when Fisher hit a big corner three pointer.

The final buzzer sounded in the Staples Center on Saturday night after a 103-100 Thunder victory in Game 4, and immediately Head Coach Scott Brooks’ team turned its attention to Game 5 on Monday night.

Despite leading the best-of-seven series 3-1, the Thunder realizes that nothing is guaranteed in the NBA Playoffs, so putting its entire focus and energy into bringing its best effort Monday night was top of mind. Brooks and his team arrived back in Oklahoma City at 5:15 a.m. Sunday, but later that day Brooks was already engaged in his attempt to prepare his team for Game 5.

Lightning, high winds and stormy weather had Thunder fans feeling perfectly comfortable in the early hours of Sunday morning as a mass of fans awaited their team at the Will Rogers World Airport. It may have been 5:15am, but the fans in attendance acted like it was Thunder Alley just before tip-off.

The Thunder had just completed a 103-100 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 4 of the Western Conference Semi-finals five hours beforehand, winning thanks to a 25-9 rally in the final 7:45 of the game, capped by a dagger three-pointer by Kevin Durant from the top of the key.

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