Who is Thunder coach Scott Brooks picking to win the race?
“I like Kevin,” Brooks deadpanned.
This season started out so well for Thunder forward Serge Ibaka at the free-throw line, where he converted 35 of his first 38 free throws and his percentage sparkled at .921.
Since then, however, Ibaka's percentage has been just .694 (59 for 85). He sits at .764 this season, which is still a career high.
Golden State center Andrew Bogut has returned from his ankle injury, but sat out Wednesday to rest because it was the back end of back-to-back games for the Warriors, who lost 140-109 at Houston on Tuesday.
As part of his rehabilitation process, Bogut will not play in back-to-back games until after the All-Star break.
The Thunder has not faced the 7-foot, 260-pound Bogut since Nov. 20, 2010, when he had eight points and 12 rebounds with Milwaukee in an 82-81 loss to OKC.
Even though the Warriors have dropped the first two games of their current four-game road trip, Durant said he sees some similarities in a 30-19 team that has quickly solidified itself as a playoff team.
“They remind me of us a couple years ago … when we were quietly winning games,” Durant said. “Same thing with those guys. They're playing well. They're playing great basketball, so you can't forget about them.”
Wednesday marked the first time the Thunder had won consecutive games since Jan. 18. In that same stretch, OKC never lost two straight, either, going 4-4. … OKC is 22-3 at home, which trails only San Antonio (23-2). … The Thunder is 25-6 against Western Conference opponents, but just 12-6 against the Eastern Conference. … Former Thunder reserve guard Nate Robinson last week was named Eastern Conference player of the week.
Golden State guard Klay Thompson after Wednesday's game: “That was inexcusable, especially after what happened (Tuesday) night (at Houston). Our defense has been horrible the past two games. It was awful, but we've got a day to fine-tune some things (before playing at Memphis on Friday).”