OKC Thunder notebook: No scoring eruptions for Sacramento or Utah players

After surrendering 42 points to the San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker, 39 to the Porland Trail Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge and 48 to the Golden State Warriors' Monta Ellis, the Thunder did not surrender more than 22 points to any player from Sacramento or Utah.
BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: February 11, 2012
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The Thunder's next game isn't until Tuesday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena, when it will have a rematch against Utah.

"Just got to play the same way, man, and have a defensive mindset," Westbrook said. "They do a great job of getting the ball down to the paint. You've got to be a good defensive rebounding team."

While the Thunder will have its longest break between games so far this season by not playing again until Tuesday, the Jazz will be concluding a back-to-back-to-back road stretch at Memphis, at New Orleans and at OKC.

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Brooks reconsidered and chose to make Sunday's practice session optional. However, every player likely will show up anyway. Over the next 12 days, Thunder players will spend just 24 hours away from OKC.

After facing the Jazz on Tuesday, Thunder players will fly to Houston for a Wednesday game and will return immediately thereafter to play their next five games at home against Golden State on Friday, Denver on Wednesday, New Orleans (Feb. 20), Boston (Feb. 22) and the Los Angeles Lakers (Feb. 23) before breaking free on All-Star Weekend.

After the All-Star break, OKC will have 17 home games and 15 road games remaining.

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Westbrook, on the Thunder not losing consecutive games on the road all season: "We're a tough group of guys, especially when the road hits."



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