Before the NBA season began, I predicted the Thunder would win 35 games. Nailed it. Nailed it with 24 games to spare. With Sunday night’s methodical 119-99 victory over Toronto, the Thunder now has a record of 35-23, which is considerably more impressive than my projected 35-47. The Thunder’s winning percentage has crept into the 60s (.603). Last season’s final winning percentage was in the high 20s (.280). This year’s team is on pace to win 49½ games, which sounds ½-crazy. Winning 50 games suddenly seems like a reasonable request. Half-a-hundred wins from the league’s fourth-youngest roster? Seriously? Not even people on the Thunder payroll were loco enough to predict a 50-32 record. Against the Chris Bosh-less Raptors on Sunday, the Thunder trailed for a total of 16 seconds, led by as many as 28 points, had six players score in double figures and nine guys played at least 19 minutes. Thunder coach Scott Brooks rated it among his team’s top all-around efforts of the season. Memphis (24.5), Sacramento (24.8) and Minnesota (24.9) are the only teams younger than the Thunder (25.0) in average age. If the NBA were a 25-and-under league, the Thunder would lead the Grizzlies by 5½ games, the Kings by 15½ and the Timberwolves by 22½. Repeatedly asked to explain what in the name of Clay Bennett is going on around here, Brooks has used the same responses all season. It doesn’t matter if you talked to Brooks on Sunday, or on the second Sunday last September. By now, you know the drill: "One game at a time." "Work to get a little better each day." "Focus on playing hard." "Play together." "Stay humble." Last fall, Brooks never projected a certain number of victories this season, and he’s not about to start now. "I knew we would be a better team," Brooks said. "I didn’t know how many wins, and I still don’t know how many wins we will end up with. I do know we’ve been consistent with our effort all year long, and I don’t see that changing." Forward Nick Collison said he was looking for a 50-50 proposition in terms of wins and losses this season. "We’re doing better than I thought we would, for sure," Collison said. "I didn’t have a number in mind. I was hoping we could push to be around .500, maybe be in the playoff picture." Brooks stresses he wants his players thinking only about tomorrow, not about next week or next month or the playoffs. "We’ve done a great job of that," rookie guard James Harden said. "For this team, that’s been very easy." However, superstar Kevin Durant admitted he fights the urge to think about what potentially lies ahead. "It is tough, especially when you’re on a roll and playing teams in your division," Durant said. "It’s tough not to look ahead." Thunder players aren’t looking too far forward, but the rest of us sure are. To get to 50 wins, the Thunder needs to go 15-9 from this day forward. If the Thunder beats every remaining team on its schedule that’s .500 or under, that’s 45 wins. If the Thunder additionally goes .500 against the 14 other teams left on the schedule, that’s 52 wins. When informed of my pathetic 35-win prediction, Brooks smiled and said: "So I don’t have to coach the rest of the season? I don’t think (general manager) Sam (Presti) will go for that. "This is fun. I want to stay." John Rohde: 475-3099. John Rohde can be heard Monday-Friday from 6-7 p.m. on The Sports Animal Network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1.