Following a four-game absence to rest his sprained right knee, Thabo Sefolosha returned to the Thunder lineup on Sunday night.
In 19 minutes, the veteran shooting guard had six points and three rebounds. OKC is now 14-1 when it has its typical starting five.
But Sefolosha's return did have collateral effect on the rotation, shooting rookie Andre Roberson back to the end of the bench.
In three spot starts, Roberson impressed with his energy, relentless defense and ability to fit within the offense.
“That's the hard thing about this league,” Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said of Roberson. “You start and then you don't start and you probably won't play very much. We like him, we're going to continue to develop him. Even if he doesn't play a lot, we're going to continue to develop him, continue to challenge him to get better. But we know what he can do. He can guard, and he can rebound.”
Scott Brooks on his mixed rotation: “If you gave me a choice, I'd rather have all of our guys right now at the same age, all at 27. You play your best basketball between 25 and 27. We have a lot of guys who are playing really good basketball who are younger.”
Jeremy Lamb had 16 points, three rebounds and three assists on 7-of-10 shooting in 23 minutes.
The Thunder visits Denver on Tuesday night for a nice road test against the 13-9 Nuggets. OKC beat Denver 115-113 earlier this season at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Tip on Tuesday night is 8.