After surrendering 42 points to San Antonio's Tony Parker, 39 points to Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge and 48 points to Golden State's Monta Ellis, the Thunder did not surrender more than 22 points to any player from Sacramento or Utah.
Was the three-game stretch of a player in or near the 40s cause for concern?
"It's a concern when there's a consistent problem in a game we can't solve," Thunder forward Nick Collison said. "That being said, there's a lot of guys in this league that can get it going. We've been pretty solid, pretty happy with our defense this year. Hopefully we can not let guys get off to such good starts to where they're really feeling it the whole game.
"I know as a bench player I really hate to see the guy I'm guarding to get it going because it's going to be a much tougher job."
All-Star coach Scott Brooks has been particularly complimentary of Russell Westbrook's mid-range jumper, which frequently has been on the mark this season.
"I've been working on that shot all summer," Westbrook said. "I'd be ashamed of myself not to shoot it."
A career 42.7-percent shooter from the field, Westbrook is shooting 46.6 percent this season. His 15 made field goals at Sacramento on Thursday night were a career-high.
No official word on which Thunder staff members will be joining Brooks, Westbrook and Kevin Durant in Orlando for All-Star Weekend. The NBA will pay hotel, travel, tickets, per diem, transportation, etc., for three assistants.
NBA coaches and their assistants receive the same payoffs as players for participating in the All-Star Game – $35,000 to each winner and $15,000 to the losers.
Participants in the slam dunk, 3-point shooting and skills competitions will be announced this week.
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.
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.
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."