Tidying up the notebook after the Thunder's heart-thumping 123-120 triple-overtime victory Wednesday night against the Nets in New Jersey:
THE NUMBERS GAME
*The Thunder is now 3-0 in overtime games this season.
*Against Eastern Conference teams, the Thunder is 7-1 overall and 5-0 on the road.
*OKC's next game is Friday night at Toronto. The Thunder is 4-0 on Fridays this season and 7-2 overall on the road.
*The Thunder is 9-1 in two-possession games (decided by six points or less), the lone setback being 99-98 last Sunday at Houston. Here is a point breakdown:
*Last season, Thunder starters missed a total of six games, all by center Nenad Krstic. So far this season, starters have missed 10 games.
The Thunder is a combined 8-2 without its usual starting lineup of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Jeff Green, Thabo Sefolosha and Krstic, and 5-4 with the starting lineup intact.
*At the end of regulation, Westbrook had 17 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. Despite the 15 extra minutes of overtime, Westbrook still failed to capture the third triple-double of his career, finishing with 38 points, a career-high 15 rebounds and nine assists.
Told Westbrook did not have a single assist in three overtimes, a smiling Green joked, â€œYeah, man. Pass it to some open guys â€¦ Nah, Russell played tremendous. He took over. He's playing great.â€
Westbrook's previous triple-doubles came against Dallas two seasons ago (17-10-10) and at Minnesota last season (22-10-14).
*In addition to having 21 points, five rebounds and two steals in the three overtimes, Westbrook committed zero turnovers. For that matter, the Thunder had 13 turnovers in regulation and did not commit a turnover in any overtime. New Jersey had four turnovers in the overtimes.
*It was not Green's goal to set a career-high in points (37) with Durant out with a sprained left knee.
â€œNot at all,â€ Green said. â€œI'm not a guy who's going to force the issue and try to do more than I know what I can do. Shots started to fall for me and my teammates continued to find me.â€
*Sefolosha (55), Green (54) and James Harden (42) all had career highs in minutes played.
*Westbrook became the sixth player and only the second guard (Vince Carter) in the last 20 years to record 35-plus points, 15-plus rebounds and nine-plus assists in a game.
*Westbrook repeatedly drew â€œoohsâ€ and â€œaahsâ€ from the crowd of 13,108 inside the Prudential Center with his lighting-quick drives, crossover dribbles, pull-up jumpers and a highlight putback dunk in the third quarter.
Meanwhile, point guard Jordan Farmar filled in admirably for the injured Devin Harris. Although Farmar had a career-high 28 points, nine assists and two steals, fans left cursing his name for his poor decision-making in the final sequence of the third overtime that allowed time to expire with the Nets attempting a shot.
*At the outset of overtime, the Thunder didn't score its first point until 2:50 remained in the first extra session. From that point forward, the Thunder outscored the Nets, 30-22.
*OKC led 71-62 at the end of three quarters. The Thunder, which has several fourth-quarter swoons this season, misfired at 37.5 percent and had four turnovers during the final period of regulation. This fade was as much about the Nets scorching the nets at 57.9 percent, going 4 of 5 from 3-point range and 5 for 5 from the free-throw line.