Oklahoma City Thunder: Looking back on the best and worst of the 2012-13 season

John Rohde looks at the top moments, top performances, best wins and worst losses of this season and give OKC fans some key dates to watch this summer.
BY JOHN ROHDE Published: May 18, 2013
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4. Serge Ibaka double-trouble for San Antonio (Dec. 17, 2012): The Spurs were missing Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard, but Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter, both 6-foot-11, were side-by-side in the starting lineup on a night Ibaka finished with 25 points and 17 rebounds (five offensive). It wound up tying his season-high in rebounds and was one point short of a season-high in points. Ibaka started out shooting 6 for 6 from the floor in a 12-point first quarter and finished 10 of 16. He also had three blocks.

5. Kevin Martin's 22-point first half (Nov. 16, 2012): In the first half of a game against the Hornets at New Orleans Arena, the freshly acquired Martin showed why he is one of the most efficient scorers in NBA history when he erupted for 22 points, shooting 7 for 11 from the field and 5 for 7 from 3-point range, all in a span of just 14 minutes and five seconds. It was only Martin's 10th game with the Thunder after being traded along with rookie guard Jeremy Lamb from Houston to OKC as part of the Harden trade.

FIVE BEST WINS

1. Thunder 97, Indiana 75, Bankers Life Fieldhouse (April 5, 2013): OKC cools surging Indiana with its best road performance of the season.

2. Thunder 108, LA Clippers 104, Staples Center (March 3, 2013): Westbrook sparkles in a knockdown, drag-out on a Sunday afternoon.

3. Thunder 117, Brooklyn 111, Barclays Center (Dec. 4, 2012): OKC (15-4) wins a shootout amid chants of “Brook-lyn” in Nets' new home.

4. Thunder 120, Houston 98, Chesapeake Energy Arena (Nov. 28, 2012): James Harden goes 3 for 16 and has six shots blocked in his return.

5. Thunder 100, Atlanta 92, Philips Arena (Dec. 19, 2012): Durant's 41 points help avenge loss to Hawks and extends OKC win streak to 12.

FIVE WORST LOSSES

1. Washington 101, Thunder 99, Verizon Center (Jan. 7, 2013): Wizards entered the game with a 4-28 record. OKC was 26-7. Enough said.

2. Minnesota 99, Thunder 93, Target Center (Dec. 20, 2012): OKC came in riding a season-best 12-game winning streak. Poof. Gone.

3. Cleveland 115, Thunder 110, Quicken Loans Arena (Feb. 2, 2013): Cavaliers (13-34) scored 39 points in the fourth quarter to win it.

4. Atlanta 105, Thunder 95, Chesapeake Energy Arena (Nov. 4, 2012): It took only two games for much-hyped OKC to lose at home.

5. Brooklyn 110, Thunder 93, Chesapeake Energy Arena (Jan. 2, 2013): Riding a 12-game win streak at home, OKC loses to former coach.

KEY DATES

Tuesday — NBA Draft Lottery, 7:25 p.m. (ESPN), Disney/ABC's Times Square Studios in New York City. Thunder owns Toronto's first-round pick if it falls between Nos. 4-14.

May 30 — Guard Jeremy Lamb's 21st birthday.

June 6 — NBA Finals begin.

June 17 — NBA Draft early entry withdrawal deadline, 4 p.m.

June 20 — Last possible date for NBA Finals.

June 27 — NBA Draft, 6 p.m. (ESPN), Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

July 1-9 — NBA moratorium.

July 10 — NBA business resumes; free agents can sign contracts; new salary cap take effect.

July 10-16 — Amnesty clause window.

Early July — Orlando Pro Summer League (TBD).

July 12-22 — Las Vegas Summer League (no Thunder team).

July 31 — Coach Scott Brooks' 48th birthday.

Sept. 18 — Power forward Serge Ibaka's 24th birthday.

Sept. 24 — Forward Perry Jones III's 22nd birthday.

Sept. 29 — Forward Kevin Durant's 25th birthday.

Oct. 26 — Power forward Nick Collison's 33rd birthday.

Nov. 1 — General manager Sam Presti's 37th birthday.

Nov. 10 — Center Kendrick Perkins' 29th birthday.

Nov. 12 — Point guard Russell Westbrook's 25th birthday.

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