Before the game, Russell Westbrook was seen strolling around the Thunder locker room, without crutches or any sign of a limp.
Then during the game, for the first time since his surgery, Westbrook watched the game from the Oklahoma City bench.
A positive sign for the All-Star guard who had his knee scoped less than a week before.
When asked pregame if he was worried about Westbrook's three right knee surgeries in eight months, coach Scott Brooks said: “No, not at all.”
PERRY JONES GETS BIG FOURTH QUARTER MINUTES
Brooks has done plenty of lineup maneuvering throughout this season, tinkering his rotation game-to-game depending on opponent and feel.
On Thursday night, that meant an extended opportunity for the versatile but sporadically used Perry Jones, who played a season-high 30 minutes against a Nets team that went small.
Jones played well for most of the night, scoring 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting, including 3-of-5 on threes, but struggled to defend Paul Pierce late.
“I like his activity,” Brooks said of Jones. “They went small, they were playing Paul Pierce at the four. Probably, we wouldn't see that lineup in an NBA game, but they had to mix and match because of all their injuries. And it paid off for them.”
STAT OF THE GAME
The Thunder blew a 16-point lead for the second straight game.
The Thunder travels to Minnesota to face the Timberwolves at 7 p.m. Saturday, where OKC got blown out, 100-81, earlier this season. The Thunder has won seven straight road games.
66ERS LOSE AGAIN
The game featured 14 lead changes and 14 ties, but the Maine Red Claws led when it counted most.
Marshon Brooks, on assignment from the Boston Celtics, scored 26 points to lead Maine past the Tulsa 66ers 105-96 on Thursday night in a D-League game in Portland.
Isaiah Wilkerson had a career-high 23 points to complement six rebounds and five assists for Tulsa.
Tulsa fell to 2-13. Maine moved to 7-6.
The 66ers next play Friday night at Springfield, Mass.