The Thunder shot 53.1 percent from the field in its 101-91 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night, but it came in extremely odd fashion.
OKC started the game 0 for 5 from the field and started the second half 0 for 7. Other than that, the Thunder went 34 for 52 (.654) from the floor.
Russell Westbrook was 1 for 10 through three quarters and finished 4 for 14. Thabo Sefolosha finished 1 for 6. Take away Westbrook and Sefolosha, and OKC was 29 for 44 (.659) from the floor.
Meanwhile, Kevin Durant didn't miss his first shot until 8:06 in the third quarter (5 for 5 from the field; 6 for 6 from the line until that point). He finished 9 for 13 and 7 for 7 for a game-high 25 points.
GOOD AND BAD
The Thunder ranking last in opponent offensive rebounding (13.4) is not all bad news because it's an indirect result of opponents missing so many shots.
OKC entered Wednesday night first the league in opponent field-goal percentage (.412) and second in opponent 3-point percentage (.287).
"We're making teams miss," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. "Obviously when you're making teams miss, there's more offensive rebounds for the other team to get. We have to reward ourselves with that rebound."
With roughly 85 seconds left against the Hornets, Thunder center Kendrick Perkins fought off Durant and Sefolosha for a defensive rebound.
A frowning Perkins eventually came up with the ball and wrapped both arms around it. Durant smiled while jogging down court.
There have been several instances this season when OKC players have fought for defensive rebounds, which Brooks said is far better than no one going for the board.
"You know what," Perkins explained earlier Wednesday, "I don't mind Serge (Ibaka) taking the rebound from me, but I have a problem when the guards start coming in there and rebounding."
Perkins then flashed a huge smile.
Ibaka had 10 points and seven rebounds in the first quarter. After that, he had four points, zero rebounds and two blocked shots. … Former Putnam City High School standout Xavier Henry played 13 minutes for the Hornets, shot 1 for 5 and had three points. … New Orleans coach Monty Williams revealed before the game that shooting guard Eric Gordon will miss three more weeks because of an injured right knee and will be re-evaluated at that time. Gordon did not have surgery and has played only two of 18 games this season. … Hornets center Chris Kaman was inactive but reportedly healthy. He had started six of the first 17 games. … The Hornets had eight offensive rebounds and 17 second-chance points. The Thunder had just five offensive rebounds and eight second-chance points. … New Orleans scored 21 points off 21 turnovers by OKC, which also had 21 assists. … The Thunder outscored the Hornets 19-11 in fast-break points.
OKC plays eight of its next nine on the road — at Golden State on Friday; at Los Angeles Clippers on Monday; at Dallas on Wednesday; at home against Memphis on Feb. 3; at San Antonio on Feb. 4; at Portland on Feb. 6; at Golden State on Feb. 7; at Sacramento on Feb. 9; at Utah on Feb. 10.
The Thunder will not practice Thursday. The team's charter flight to Oakland departs at 11 a.m.
Perkins, explaining why Thunder teammates occasionally get frustrated with each other during games: "At the end of the day, if you don't play for stats and just lose yourself in the team, it really don't matter. As long as you're being honest with yourself and going out there and playing hard and doing what you're supposed to do, at the end of the day, no one has nothing to be frustrated about."