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.
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).
Don't blame it all on surly Kendrick Perkins, who has only four, a modest number for him. Westbrook has six (one was rescinded). Durant, who received his first career ejection after getting two technicals against Brooklyn, now has five. Ibaka has three, Hasheem Thabeet has two and Martin has one.
Thunder coach Scott Brooks said officiating had nothing to do with Wednesday's loss despite Durant's ejection.
“If I was playing in a pickup game back home, I wouldn't even complain about the referees knowing I didn't even get fined,” Brooks said. “They had nothing to do with us losing tonight. Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Kevin did get frustrated, but he got frustrated because we don't like to lose.
“Referees had nothing to do with this loss. We had everything to do with it. Myself, our team. We win together, we lose together.”
Durant remains second in Western Conference voting for the 62nd NBA All-Star Game, which will be played at Toyota Center in Houston on Feb. 17.
Durant (1,088,797 votes) trails only Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (1,177,456) in Western balloting. Miami's LeBron James (1,151,304) leads Eastern voting, followed by New York's Carmelo Anthony (1,054,099).
Westbrook remains fifth in Western backcourt balloting behind Bryant, Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul, plus Jeremy Lin and James Harden of Houston.
Ibaka is ninth in Western frontcourt voting.
Balloting concludes Jan. 14 and starters will be announced Jan. 17.
In the last two games, Martin is 5 for 22 (. 227) from the field and 4 for 14 (. 286) from 3-point range. … Perkins had a season-high 11 rebounds against the Nets (seven in the third quarter). … Wednesday was OKC's widest loss margin at home since a 120-99 loss to Utah on Oct. 31, 2010. … The Thunder is 16-3 (. 842) at home and 8-4 (. 667) on the road.
Westbrook after the loss to Brooklyn: “(We're in a) good spot. There's no need to panic. I think every game we lose around here everybody wants to go bananas. We lost a game. It's all right.”