At the end of Friday’s practice, coaches split the team in half and held three 8-minute, running clock scrimmages. The media was allowed to watch the final two sessions.
"We wanted to get some carryover from some things we put in at the start of practice,” said coach Scott Brooks. "It gives our coaches and myself an opportunity to correct (mistakes) and how they’re grasping the game plan. The guys did a good job.”
The "starters” won two of the three but had to rally to win the second session 23-21. Russell Westbrook scored 15 of the gray team’s 23 points, while James Harden scored eight points to lead the blue.
In the final scrimmage, Kevin Durant scored 12 of the gray team’s 14 points in a 16-14 overtime loss. Durant blocked Etan Thomas’ shot at the regular buzzer to force overtime. Thomas answered with a scrimmage-winning, put-back basket at the overtime buzzer for the win.
"Our guys love to compete,” Brooks said. "I really believe, whatever drill, whatever you do, that you should put a score on it, whether it’s free throws (at the end of practice), a scrimmage or offensive or defensive drills.”
Point totals in the finals two scrimmages: Gray — Westbrook 15, Durant 12, Thabo Sefolosha 4, Jeff Green 2, Nick Collison 2, Kevin Ollie 2, Serge Ibaka 0. Blue — Harden 11, D.J. White 10, Byron Mullens 4, Mike Harris 4, Shaun Livingston 3, Kyle Weaver 3, Etan Thomas 2, Ryan Bowen 0.
Brooks is giving players today off. The team will go through a light practice Sunday afternoon before leaving for back-to-back games Monday night (in Houston) and Tuesday night (versus the Spurs in Austin).