Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Brutal road stretch brings opportunity for team building
Sunday's win at Toronto was the start of a stretch in which the Thunder will play 11 of 13 away from Chesapeake Energy Arena.
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“He was good,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “He made four 3s in that first half. He was automatic. And then with his mid-range game and his drive, he made a couple of layups. He's a good player. I give him a lot of credit because he's been throughout the league a little bit in his short career, but I think he's found a home and he's taking advantage of it.”
Toronto coach Dwane Casey — “I'll tell you what, they are one of the most talented and well-coached teams in the league. I have the utmost respect for Scotty, for him growing the program the way he's done from scratch. He took the losses early. He and Sam (Presti) worked together and did a good job of building that program.”
The Thunder improved to 4-1 on Sundays this season. … OKC is now 9-4 on the road. ... With a win over the Raptors, the Thunder is now 5-2 in the first game of a back-to-back set. … Kendrick Perkins grabbed seven rebounds Sunday, the third straight game that he's had at least seven boards. … The Thunder made 22 of 24 free throws Sunday, a 91.7 percent clip. … Washington is without guard John Wall, who hasn't played all season with a knee injury. … Wizards guard Jordan Crawford is fourth in the NBA in scoring off the bench at 16 points per game. … Washington has used 12 different starting lineups this season. Oklahoma City has used just one.