The Thunder has never been known for its ball security.
With a talented risk-taker at point guard and a few other consistent attackers, OKC’s style of play lends itself to batches of turnovers.
But of late, the Thunder – who entered play on Sunday averaging 15.3 turnovers per game, third most in the NBA – has been better.
In four of the past five games, OKC has committed 14 or fewer turnovers, including 13 in the win over Utah on Sunday.
“It’s been good,” Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said. “It’s important that we take care of the basketball.
The only bad turnover game in the past five came against Dallas, an overtime loss that included 21 turnovers for the Thunder and eight from Russell Westbrook.
“Every now and then it sneaks up on us and hurts us, but it’s something that we work on,” Brooks said. “We just have to continue to stay focused.”
The Thunder’s game against the Jazz on Sunday tipped off at 2 p.m. – a unique start time that was scheduled before the season.
It was done to give fans some variety, with Sunday tips usually coming at either noon, if it is nationally televised, or 6 p.m., if it is not.
“I love the game,” Brooks said. “I’ll play anytime, anywhere against anyone. That’s how we are as a team. Any time is fine with us...Early game, late game, it’s all good.”
With some extended run in the first half on Sunday, Nick Collison put together one of his best games of the season.
In 11 first half minutes, Collison had all eight of his points and four of his seven rebounds, nailing a mid-range jumper and finishing strong in traffic a couple times.
And another Thunder veteran, Caron Butler, also provided a nice spark off the bench. Butler had 15 points, making all five of his threes.
JACKSON SITS AGAIN
Reggie Jackson missed his second straight game with a mid-back sprain. He is still listed as day-to-day.
STAT OF THE GAME
Serge Ibaka had four more blocks on Sunday afternoon, raising his season average to 2.61, second in the NBA behind Anthony Davis (2.86). Ibaka has had four or more blocks four times this month and 17 times this season.
Brooks on Ibaka: “I think he’s the best shot-blocker in the game.”
The Thunder has three days off before an intriguing back-to-back against a pair of rivals. It starts at 7 p.m. Thursday at home against the Spurs and closes at 8:30 p.m. Friday in Houston. OKC is a combined 6-0 against the two this season.