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Oklahoma City Thunder: Golden State coach Mark Jackson sees some Thunder in his team

Jackson said: “The thing that I point out to (our players) is that this is a process and they (Thunder) went through that same kind of experience and learned from it.”
By John Rohde Published: November 19, 2012
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OKC leads the NBA in 3-point percentage (. 435), free-throw percentage (. 840), points per shot (1.37) and opponent blocked shots (2.9). The Thunder also is second in opponent rebounds (39.0), third in overall field-goal percentage (. 482), third in scoring (101.7), fourth in blocked shots (7.5), fourth in field-goal percentage defense (. 428) and fifth in 3-point percentage defense (. 329).

Serge Ibaka leads the league in blocked shots (3.45), is eighth in field-goal percentage (. 564) and 13th in free-throw percentage (. 903); Kevin Durant ranks third in scoring (24.5) and eighth in rebounding (10.5); Kevin Martin is fourth in free-throw percentage (. 947) and seventh in 3-point percentage (. 536); Russell Westbrook is fifth in assists (8.4); and Thabo Sefolosha is sixth in 3-point percentage (. 542).

SERVE IT UP

The Thunder did not have a formal practice Monday, but players showed up on their own for treatment (if necessary) and individual workouts.

The team's fifth annual Holiday Assist was held later in the afternoon, when the entire team, coaches and staff volunteers served dinner at the City Rescue Mission for two hours. Rumble and the Thunder Girls helped families enjoy a Thunder carnival in the shelter's gym, which was refurbished by the Thunder Cares Foundation in June.

The City Rescue Mission serves Oklahoma City's homeless population, providing services such as a shelter, meals, recovery programs and a medical clinic. Holiday Assist is presented by Cox Communications.

 

TIP-INS

Wednesday's home game against the Los Angeles Clippers will be televised on ESPN (Cox 29) and starts at 6:30 p.m. rather than 7. It will be the Clippers' only visit to OKC this season. The Thunder visits the Clippers on Jan. 22 and March 3. … OKC shot 50.6 percent from the field Sunday and is now 5-0 this season when shooting 50 percent or better. The Thunder went 18-0 last season when shooting 50 percent or better and opponents went 3-2 when shooting 50 percent or better. … The Warriors outscored OKC 58-32 in the paint, but the Thunder outscored Golden State 14-7 in second-chance points and 26-12 in fast-break points.

QUOTABLE

Warriors forward David Lee on the Thunder's shooting in Sunday's game: “When they shoot the ball that well at home, they're tough to beat — even when they're not shooting that well. When they shoot that well in the building, it's going to be an uphill battle all night.”


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