The Thunder got its first look at Anthony Davis, the No. 1 overall pick out of Kentucky, on Friday night. Davis finished with eight points and 11 rebounds in 27 minutes.
And by all accounts, the Hornets really did hit the lottery.
“He's one of those rookies that don't play like a rookie,” Brooks said. “He played at a major college and played big games and won a championship at the highest level in college. But I think what he does very well is he has good poise. He just knows where to be. He knows where to make the right play. He makes the right pass. And he's a better shooter than I thought he would be at this stage of his career. They're very lucky to have him. He's definitely a franchise type player.”
THE BOUNCE BACK BLUEPRINT
With Friday's win, the Thunder improved to 38-9 since the 2010-11 season in games immediately after a loss.
The reason for OKC's success is simple.
“We don't like to lose,” Brooks said.
Before the Hornets game, the Thunder was 2-0 this season in games that immediately followed a loss. Last year, the Thunder was 15-3 in those situations. Only Chicago (15-1) had a better mark. In 2010-12, Oklahoma City was 20-6 immediately after loss.
Brooks on what Hornets coach Williams said to him at the end of the game — “He says he's going to meet me out in the locker room. He's going to kick my butt.”
As of Friday night, the Thunder still had not heard from the NBA about whether Perkins would be subject to any punishment for his role in Wednesday's incident with Memphis forward Zach Randolph. ... Westbrook will be among five players featured in a new NBA commercial set to debut Wednesday. The spot is a part of the league's “BIG” campaign, in which the Thunder has been featured in the past. Dwight Howard, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Joe Johnson will join Westbrook in a holiday-themed spot … Former Hornets forward P.J. Brown attended Friday night's game.
By Darnell Mayberry