Thunder's painful loss part of process

Updated: May 24, 2011, 6:37 AM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com

OKLAHOMA CITY -- As charmed a life as the Oklahoma City Thunder have lived in their rapid ascent to the NBA's elite, you knew eventually they would have to go through some postseason pain before they could emerge as legitimate championship contenders.

Suffice it to say that this game qualifies.

No team in the past 15 years had blown a 15-point lead with five minutes left in a playoff game. Until Monday night.

And there's a reason for that. It takes a lot of work to blow ...

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