OKC Thunder notebook: Nick Collison soars as Thunder's top shooter

By John Rohde, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: April 11, 2012

Harden said he didn't expect to be considered for the 2012 Olympic team. Durant and Westbrook were members of the gold medal team at the 2010 FIBA Championships, which all but secured invitations as finalists. Durant was named MVP.

“I'm still young and have a couple of years to make a name for myself,” Harden said. “I'll be all right.”

The official 12-man U.S. Olympic team roster will be announced later this year.

SHOT SELECTIONS

In addition to leading the league in field-goal percentage, the Thunder also entered Wednesday's game leading the NBA in free-throw percentage (.801) and will retain the top spot after converting 24 for 27 (.889).

The Clippers shot even better at the free-throw line, making 19 of 21 (.905), including 14 for 14 in the third quarter alone.

In the second half, the teams shot a combined 26 for 27 (.963) from the line.

DURANT CLINIC

Durant will join children from the Chickasaw Nation on Thursday for a special Youth Basketball Clinic. The event is part of Durant's outreach to the Native American community.

UP NEXT

The Thunder (42-16) hosts Sacramento at 7 p.m. on Friday and then leaves on a five-game road trip to Minnesota, the L.A. Clippers, Phoenix, Sacramento and the L.A. Lakers.

QUOTABLE

Brooks on why the Thunder lost to the Clippers: “We didn't have it offensively. We had a number of shots roll in and out around the basket. I thought defensively, though, that's where we always excel. It wasn't quite there tonight in the way it has been and the way it needs to be.”



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