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By The Numbers: Thunder-Rockets

by Darnell Mayberry Published: January 8, 2012

Numbers to note from Saturday’s win at Houston.

2: Game-winning shots by Kevin Durant this season. After hitting a buzzer-beater for the game-winner against Dallas on Dec. 29, Durant drilled a catch-and-shoot jumper to put the Thunder up for good at 96-95 with 22.5 seconds remaining.

6: Fast break points by the Thunder, a season low. The Rockets raced to 19 fast break points while the Thunder converted just four in the final three quarters and only two in the last 27 minutes.

7: Thunder players with at least three rebounds. Five Thunder players pulled down at least six boards to help OKC out-rebound Houston 44-41. The Thunder’s early dominance on the glass resulted in a 16-1 advantage in the first 8 minutes, 20 seconds of the first quarter and a 19-6 margin at the conclusion of one.

7:47: Time remaining in the fourth quarter when reserve Thunder guard Eric Maynor collapsed to the court clutching his leg following a drive to the basket. Maynor had to be carried off the floor by teammates and did not return to the game.

10: Lead changes.

11: Ties.

14: Offensive rebounds by Houston. It’s the ninth straight game in which the Thunder has allowed double digit offensive rebounds. Oklahoma City is yielding 13 offensive rebounds per night

16: Turnovers by the Thunder. Oklahoma City entered Saturday’s game averaging just 11.6 giveaways in its previous three outings but became sloppy with the ball early against Houston. The Rockets converted those turnovers into 22 points.

17: Points by reserve Thunder center Nazr Mohammed, a season high. Mohammed had not scored at least 17 points since netting 18 as a member of the Charlotte Bobcats on Dec. 14, 2010 against Toronto.

28: Points scored Rockets forward Luis Scola, a season high. Scola had his way at times but finished the game needing 29 shot attempts to get his point total.

39:58: Minutes played by Westbrook on the second night of a back-to-back. Keep a close eye on how Westbrook holds up in Sunday’s final game in this three-in-three stretch. Thunder coach Scott Brooks was forced to stick with Westbrook’s hot hand for longer than normal in the second and third quarter against Houston, and then had to re-insert him once Maynor went down.

52: Combined points by Durant and Russell Westbrook. The All-Star duo went 20-for-45 from the field while the Thunder’s remaining starters scored just six points on 3-for-9 shooting.

93.3: Percent shooting by the Rockets at the free throw line. It was a season high for Houston, which went 14-of-15. The percentage was also an opponent high for the Thunder, besting the previous mark of 85 percent set by Dallas on Jan. 2.

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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