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Friday night’s 289-point delight, a double-overtime home theater Thunder conquest of the Timberwolves, stimulated trampled memory sprouts of the captivating conflicts between the Nuggets — Alex English, Dan Issel and Kiki Vandeweghe — and the Spurs —George Gervin, Artis Gilmore and Larry Kenon.

All things not being equal, Oklahoma City clearly had the sides. Yet, Minnesota managed to stay even for 53 minutes before its position was overrun (20-11) by superior forces and fire power in the second extra session.

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