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

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 Westbrook has six (one was rescinded).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.”

ALL-STAR UPDATE

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.

TIP-INS

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.

QUOTABLE

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.”


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