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Thunder notebook: Coach Scott Brooks resorts to bribery to increase assists

Coach Scott Brooks offered the Thunder a deal: Get 20 assists against Houston and get Thursday off.
BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, Modified: November 18, 2010 at 9:46 pm •  Published: November 18, 2010

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.


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 “getting it” 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."

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