Power forward Nick Collison was inactive for Wednesday night's 110-106 overtime loss against the Milwaukee Bucks inside Oklahoma City Arena.
Coach Scott Brooks said he wanted to give Collison one last chance to rest various injuries before the playoffs. Collison had surgery on his right knee during the summer and missed the first eight games of the season after injuring his left knee before training camp in September.
"I was feeling decent, so I think it was more preventative than anything," Collison said afterward. "I feel pretty good about it."
Rookie center Cole Aldrich has been recalled for the final time from the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Developmental League. Aldrich helped Tulsa to a 17-4 record while averaging 10.3 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.6 blocks, 1.3 assists and 29.3 minutes in 21 games (all starts). This is the third recall for Aldrich, which is the league maximum.
Thunder All-Star forward Kevin Durant wrapped up his second straight scoring title despite scoring a season-low 14 points in a season-low 23 minutes.
Durant essentially clinched the crown before the game started because Miami's LeBron James, his closest pursuer, sat out of the Heat's season finale at Toronto.
James would have had to outscore Durant by 92 points to win the scoring title.
Asked what other statistical category he would like to lead the league in someday, Durant mentioned 3-point field goals and free-throw percentages. "I want to set a big goal and try to lead the league in rebounds," Durant said with a smile. "I'm not so sure about that one."
Serge Ibaka had three blocked shots against the Bucks and finished with a league-high 198 on the season.
The league announced the Thunder ranks No. 6 and Durant's No. 35 jersey ranks No. 7 in merchandise sales this season.
It's the first time the Thunder has cracked the top 10, and Durant has surpassed Orlando's Dwight Howard and New York's Carmelo Anthony.
"Wow," Durant said. "I didn't know so many people would buy jerseys, more so mine. It's humbling and a blessing to have people wear your jersey. It's something you can't take for granted. I guess we're moving in the right direction.
"It's cool. I'm surprised. We're a team built from the ground up with a bunch of young guys. I know as a fan I would like to see that, too."
SAMPSON ON KRUGER
Former Oklahoma coach Kelvin Sampson is an assistant with the Bucks and before the game spoke of OU athletic director Joe Castiglione hiring Lon Kruger as the Sooners' new coach.
"Great hire. Great man," Sampson said of Kruger. "(Wife) Karen and I spent a lot of those Nike trips with (wife) Barb and Lon. Joe is the cream of the crop. OU is one of those places that has everything you need to succeed. It does. It has everything you need to succeed, from facilities, to tradition to the university and there's no doubt in my mind that Lon will."
During pregame introductions, OKC unfurled it first division championship banner. … The loss snapped the Thunder's fourth five-game winning streak of the season. OKC's longest winning streak this season was six. … The Thunder had a chance to tie the NBA record for most overtime victories in a season with nine. Instead, OKC finished with an 8-2 overtime record. … The Thunder went 30-11 at home during the regular season and 22-8 against Eastern Conference opponents. … Both teams requested a new game ball after a first quarter that featured combined 37.5-percent shooting from both teams and seven turnovers by the Thunder – four from Russell Westbrook and three from Durant. OKC finished with 24 turnovers, which the Bucks turned into 27 points.
"The reality is they had the main guys on the bench. They had a little bit different agenda than us right now." – Milwaukee coach Scott Skiles