In the month of January, Kevin Durant has made nine more free throws (139) than the rest of his teammates combined (130).
And he's done it in one less game.
It's a startling stat that speaks to both a positive and negative about the Thunder's offense right now.
Durant is the best in the league at getting free throws, making an NBA-high 9.0 per game on an NBA-high 10.2 attempts.
But the rest of his team has struggled, particularly Serge Ibaka and Reggie Jackson, two talented offensive players who score plenty but get fouled rarely.
“It's definitely something that has been addressed with our guys,” Scott Brooks said. “I think Serge can get to the line more, Reggie finishes in the paint and at the basket, but he doesn't get to the free-throw line. So it's something we are aware of, a part of our offense that we have to get better.”
IVEY'S STATUS STILL UNKNOWN
Royal Ivey's 10-day contract expires on Sunday morning and, at this point, it is not known what the Thunder will do with him.
NBA teams only get two 10-day contracts before they must sign a player for the rest of the season. So OKC may want to maintain flexibility for unforeseen circumstances.
But Ivey's argument to remain on the team is a simple one — superstition. OKC is 7-0 since signing Ivey.
FISHER PRAISES JACKSON
Thunder guard Derek Fisher, in his final season in the NBA, continues to blog away on his personal website, about both his teammates and his favorite memories.
In a recent post, Fisher praised the hard work of Jackson, noting his continued improvements.
“The level he's playing at now — and the consistency with which he's playing — I can honestly say that I didn't see it coming,” Fisher wrote of Jackson.
“What he's done has been remarkable. He's really done it the old fashioned way of just getting better a little bit each day. It seems like it happened fast, but it's the years of work that he's put in already that are leading to these great moments he's having now.”
Just hours before the Thunder and Sixers tipped off, the Philadelphia Flyers hosted an NHL game in Wells Fargo Arena.
Workers did a great job transitioning the ice to a basketball court, but some of the cold air lingered, making for a pretty chilly in-game environment.
STAT OF THE NIGHT
On Saturday night, Durant became the fifth player since 1985 to have at least 32 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists on fewer than 20 shots. The others are Kobe Bryant, Blake Griffin, Derrick Coleman and Reggie Theus.
The Thunder returns home briefly, facing the Hawks in OKC on Monday night, before heading back out on the road for an intriguing three-game East Coast trip against Miami, Brooklyn and Washington.