"He played a lot better this time,” said Thunder forward Jeff Green
. "He came off a bad game against Cleveland, so we knew he would come in here and try to get something going early. He did that. He hurt us. Once he gets around the basket, it’s tough to guard him.”
One more Oklahoma City win or one more Sacramento loss and the Thunder will be mathematically eliminated from having the most pingpong balls in the May 19 Draft Lottery. In the reverse standings, OKC has clinched a tie. The Kings have 61 losses. That’s the most losses OKC, 21-56, can finish with even if it loses its final five games.
The Thunder owns the league’s fourth-worst record. The team with the worst record receives 250 of the 1,000 pingpong balls in the Draft Lottery. The second-worst team gets 199 pingpong balls, third-worst 156, fourth-worst 119 and fifth-worst 88.
Three fans win cars
One lucky fan was supposed to win a $32,500, clean-burning 2009 Honda Civic GX. Between the third and fourth quarters, all three contestants were brought to midcourt to open giant boxes. Turns out Chesapeake Energy gave all three — Gano Perez
(Oklahoma City), Melissa Parks
(Wynona) and Ken Dillon
(Del City) — a new car, a home fueling station and installation of the fueling station.