Overall, Ibaka finished with 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting, not getting many opportunities late.
But his overall efficiency comes as a good sign. In the first 11 games without Westbrook, Ibaka shot
Midway through the first quarter, Brooks subbed Perry Jones in for Kevin Durant, a rare time for the superstar to sit unless he's facing foul trouble (which he wasn't).
But with Westbrook's absence, it seems, Brooks is toying with different lineups, including a different rotation pattern for Durant.
Durant came back late in the first quarter and played the rest of the half. He typically sits throughout the early part of the second quarter.
“Just trying to figure out how we can best utilize our guys in certain lineups,” Brooks said.
STAT OF THE NIGHT
In the second quarter, Jeremy Lamb missed the first free throw of his career. He was 29-of-29 before the miss.
The Thunder returns to Oklahoma City for an intriguing three-game homestand that begins with the Rockets on Sunday, continues with the Blazers on Tuesday and ends with the Nets on Thursday. Tip time for Sunday's game is 6 p.m.