Wow. Excellent victory in Oakland on Thursday night. A 116-97 rout of the Warriors, who are trying to secure the sixth seed in the West. That’s two nights after a methodical 90-80 victory at Utah. Good sign that the Thunder is playing well as the regular season finish line nears:
* The Thunder now is 25-15 on the road, so OKC will finish either 26-15 or 25-16 in road games. That’s guaranteed to be the NBA’s second-best road record. Miami is 28-12.
Here are the best road records in the NBA: Miami 28-12, OKC 25-15, San Antonio 23-16, Memphis 22-17, Brooklyn 22-17, New York 22-17, Clippers 21-17, Chicago 20-18, Indiana 19-20, Atlanta 19-21, Denver 18-21, Golden State 18-21.
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* Hard to lose when you have three players with double-digit scoring quarters. The Thunder didn’t achieve that rarity but came close — Serge Ibaka had 13 points in the first quarter, Kevin Durant had 14 points in the third quarter and Kevin Martin had eight points in 81/2 minutes of the second quarter.
* Kevin Durant’s 50-40-90 quest seems secure. Durant now is shooting 50.8 percent from the field, 41.5 percent from 3-point range and 90.7 percent from the foul line. To fall below the 50-40-90 threshold, Durant would have to miss 23 straight shots, 13 straight 3-pointers and six straight foul shots.
* When the Thunder is on both TNT or ESPN and Fox Sports Oklahoma, I always watch the national broadcast, just to get a feel for what the network guys are saying about the Thunder. But my TNT feed was jumping around a little, so I bailed and watched the local guys. Apparently it was a good move.
TNT was experimenting with no play-by-play announcer — analysts Chris Webber, Reggie Miller and Steve Kerr shared the microphones in the Thunder-Warriors game. My sports editor, Mike Sherman, said it was a disaster. “Everyone sounds bored,” the Boss said.
Maybe everyone was bored.
* Serge Ibaka in the last seven games: 13.6 points per game on 42-of-67 shooting, which is 62.7 percent; with 8.1 rebounds and 4.3 blocks. This guy is a heck of a ballplayer.
* According to basketball-reference.com, the Thunder’s chances of securing the top seed in the West has risen to 69 percent. Which makes the likelihood of a Thunder-Laker series 55.4 percent. Get ready, folks. The circus is coming to town.
* Thabo Sefolosha went three straight games in late March without hitting a 3-pointer. In the eight games since, Thabo is 16 of 30 on 3-pointers. He’s shooting with confidence. And he’s shooting more often. Last season, Thabo shot well — 43.7 percent — but fired only 71 shots in 42 games. This season, Thabo is making 41.9 percent of his 3-pointers, still solid, but has fired up 246 in 78 games. That’s 3.15 per game. The Thunder is a different team when Thabo is an offensive threat.
* The NBA has 38 players with at least 1.0 blocked shots per game. The Thunder has three: Ibaka 3.1, Durant 1.3 and Kendrick Perkins 1.1. The Thunder blocked 10 shots against the Warriors.