When told it wasn't the actual game ball, Karl said: “Well that's a good question — he did throw a (game) ball into the crowd. Maybe I can call the league office on that tomorrow, along with 20 other things.”
Asked about the incident Tuesday, an NBA official said the league had yet to comment on the matter.
In OKC's 117-97 victory over Denver at Chesapeake Energy Arena last Wednesday, forward Kenneth Faried had five points and two rebounds.
In Sunday's rematch, Faried had 16 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and four blocked shots.
Was Wednesday still fresh in Faried's mind? “It's fresh in mine,” Faried said. “I had two rebounds. That's not me at all. They hit me and I didn't step up to the challenge personally. I was in foul trouble early so I was really disappointed in myself.”
Nuggets reserve forward Corey Brewer burned the Thunder for 26 points, which included going 3 for 6 from 3-pointers. His career high is 27 points.
“Corey shot the skin off of the ball,” Faried said. “I was saying earlier we need a new ball because of the way he was shooting tonight. I seemed to keep finding him. I was happy that he was shooting so well. He really came to play tonight.”
The Thunder is 20-4 against Western Conference, 13-6 on the road and 5-2 in the Northwest Division. … OKC is 7-1 in games after a loss this season and 42-10 after a loss in the past three seasons. … The Clippers lead the all-time series against the Thunder, 9-7. … Rookie guard Jeremy Lamb and center Daniel Orton, who were on the first two legs of OKC's six-game road trip, were assigned Monday to the Tulsa 66ers. Both players are expected to be in uniform Tuesday when the 66ers play the Iowa Energy at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
BY JOHN ROHDE