Thunder notebook: Rockets have been a riddle

By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com Modified: December 14, 2010 at 8:37 pm •  Published: December 14, 2010
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     The Thunder is just 2-7 all-time against Houston, which makes its second and final visit to the Oklahoma City Arena Wednesday night. The Thunder's only wins against the Rockets have come at home, where OKC won by 18 last season and 17 earlier this year. On the road, the Thunder has lost four straight against the Rockets and have dropped 11 straight dating back to 2005 when the franchise was located in Seattle.


“They've always found ways to win the close games,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “One of the players would step up and make a big shot, (Aaron) Brooks or (Shane) Battier. Last game, it was Battier making big plays throughout the game.”

GETTING MORE BALANCED SCORING

With so much attention on Kevin Durant as the reigning scoring champ, the Thunder has flown under the radar as one the better balanced scoring teams in the NBA.

Three players this season are averaging 10 points or more, with Durant and Russell Westbrook both averaging more than 23. Forward Jeff Green is averaging a career-high 17.4 points. Last season, Durant accounted for just less than 30 percent of the team's scoring. This season, Durant's scoring makes up about 26 percent.

“That's what makes teams good,” Brooks said. “You can't have a one- or two-man team. All the successful, elite teams in this league, they have good players. They don't just have two. They have a team full of good players. And we're working our way and growing into a good team.”

TEAM CHEMISTRY IN GOOD SHAPE

Before and after games, the Thunder locker room has become a cross between a comedy and fashion show, with players cracking on everything from each other's hairstyle to their wardrobes.