Thunder coach Scott Brooks had an offer for his players before Wednesday night's game. Compile at least 20 assists against Houston, and there would be no Thursday practice prior to a 1 p.m. departure to Boston.
The Thunder had a season-high 26 assists in its 116-99 victory over the Rockets.
"Scotty should be saying that a lot," forward Kevin Durant said of potential future deals involving no practice.
"Maybe he should tell us that every game," guard Eric Maynor said.
"I guess we'll see them at the plane," said forward D.J. White, who finished with 12 points and was 5 of 7 from the field.
THUNDER'S FIELD-GOAL SHOOTING IMPROVING
By shooting 50 percent or better in three of its last four games (all victories), the Thunder has jumped from last in the NBA in field-goal percentage to 17th (.452).
Asked if his team is finally â€œgetting itâ€ by moving the ball around on offense, Brooks said: "I think we always get it. Sometimes we don't always do it. It's important that we figure out ways to be consistently sharing the ball. I really think the last three or four games we've done a better job of that. It makes the (opposing) defense work."
Three-point shooting still needs work, however. The Thunder remains last in 3-point shooting percentage by a comfortable margin (.265).
Even with the 26 assists, the Thunder also ranks last in that category (17.3). Boston leads the league handily at 27.3 assists, which is 3.5 per game more than the Lakers and Utah.
After a season-low nine turnovers against the Rockets (one intentionally in the closing seconds), the Thunder is tied for fifth in the league (13.6). Last season, it tied for 23rd (15.0).
HOUSTON HAS A PROBLEM
Wednesday was Houston's most lopsided defeat of the season. The previous high was a 13-point loss against Denver, but the Rockets (3-8) trailed by one midway through the fourth quarter. "Sooner or later, they were just going to go ahead because they were playing better," said Houston forward Luis Scola, who had a game-high 26 points.