Oklahoma City Thunder clings to best record

Oklahoma City is on pace to win 63 games this season. But the Thunder will be tested — after Friday's home game vs. Philadelphia, 11 of the next 13 are on the road.
By John Rohde Published: January 3, 2013

Even with the 110-93 loss to Brooklyn at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Wednesday, the Thunder retained the NBA's best record at 24-7 (. 774) after the Los Angeles Clippers (25-8) lost 115-94 at Golden State later that night.

The Clippers' entire season has been a series of streaks. They won two straight, lost two straight, won six straight, lost four straight, won 17 straight and have lost two straight heading into Friday night's game against the rival Lakers at Staples Center.

OKC currently is on pace to win 63 games this season. However, after Friday's 7 p.m. home game against Philadelphia (15-18), the Thunder plays 11 of its next 13 on the road.

RANK AND FILE

*The Thunder is first in free-throw shooting (. 845), first in 3-point percentage (. 401), first in blocks (7.6), second in opponent blocks (3.8), third in scoring (105.5), third in field-goal percentage (. 478), tied for third in opponent field-goal percentage (. 430), tied for ninth in total rebounds (43.1), 14th in points allowed (97.1), tied for 14th in assists (21.9), tied for 17th in steals (7.8), 19th in opponent turnovers (14.3) and 29th in turnovers (15.7).

*Serge Ibaka is first in blocked shots (3.03) and sixth in field-goal percentage (. 561).

*Kevin Durant is third in scoring (28.4), third in free-throw percentage (. 903) and second in minutes played (39.6).

*Russell Westbrook is third in steals (2.13), fifth in assists (8.7) and sixth in scoring (21.7).

*Sixth man Kevin Martin is first in free-throw percentage (. 927) and fifth in 3-point percentage (. 450).

*In a stat where the Thunder literally is defenseless, opponents are shooting 78.0 percent at the free-throw line, the fourth-highest percentage in the league.

GETTING TECHNICAL

In its debut season of 2008-09, the Thunder tied San Antonio for the fewest technical fouls in the NBA with 31 (which includes defensive 3-second violations, delay of game, et al).

OKC already has 33 technical fouls in 31 games this season, third most in the league behind the Clippers (45) and Phoenix (34).

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