Serge Ibaka's streak of 43 straight regular-season games with at least one blocked shot was snapped during Saturday night's 116-109 overtime victory against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center.
In addition, Ibaka didn't grab his first defensive rebound until the overtime period. His first eight rebounds were at the offensive end.
Ibaka finished with 18 points, missed his last three shots and still finished 8 for 12 from the field, added nine rebounds and two assists.
Fellow French-speaking teammate Thabo Sefolosha used Ibaka's odd stat line to take a friendly jab.
“One defensive rebound. No blocked shots. I thought you were supposed to be defensive player of the year?” Sefolosha said with a chuckle.
“Hey,” Ibaka said with his thick accent. “I was just putting both my hands straight up so not to foul, you know? I was just being smart.”
SECOND TO NONE
For the second straight night, all the good work OKC did in the first quarter was promptly wiped out with a poor second quarter.
At Boston, the Thunder led 28-21 after the first period and was outscored 27-17 in the second.
At Philadelphia, OKC led 29-21 after the first quarter and was outscored 28-21 in the second.
“I don't know what the problem is, but we can't make a habit of it,” Sefolosha said.
FINE IN PHILLY
The Thunder is now 7-1 all-time against Philadelphia with seven straight wins overall.
OKC also has won four straight in Philadelphia, with the last loss being Nov. 15, 2008.
The Thunder is 6-2 against Eastern Conference teams this season.
NICK OF TIME
Thunder forward Nick Collison has now drawn six offensive fouls, which is tied for second in the league behind Milwaukee's Mike Dunleavy with seven.
Collison nearly had a perfect night against the Sixers, shooting 5 for 6 from the field and 4 for 4 from the line. He finished with 14 points and five rebounds in 21:17.
Thunder shooting guard DeAndre Liggins recorded a triple-double as the Developmental League Tulsa 66ers opened their season with an 83-76 victory over the Texas Legends on Friday night at the SpiritBank Event Center in Bixby.
Liggins had 15 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Thunder center Daniel Orton, a former Bishop McGuinness standout, had 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Texas is coached by former Oklahoma standout Eduardo Najera.
Philadelphia entered the contest first in the NBA in points allowed at 90.9 per game and the Thunder scored 85 through the first three quarters. … Dapper-looking Hall of Famer Julius Erving (Dr. J) was in attendance and received a thunderous ovation. … Thunder guards Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb were shown on “kiss cam.” … The Sixers had their three-game home winning streak snapped. … Philadelphia center Andrew Bynum, acquired in a three-way trade with the Los Angeles Lakers and Orlando Magic, still has not played this year due to a right bone bruise. There is no timetable for his return and he potentially could miss the entire season.
Thunder guard Kevin Martin, who shot a combined 3 for 16 from the field on the two-game road trip: “I think I left my offense back in Oklahoma City. So I'll go back tomorrow morning and get it out of my locker.”