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Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Damien Lillard has career night, now faces Thunder

The Thunder will face Rookie of the Year front-runner Damian Lillard on the heels of his career-high, 37-point performance in Oakland, the town where he played high school ball.
BY JOHN ROHDE Published: January 12, 2013


Westbrook excelled in Friday night's 116-101 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center with 27 points and 10 assists for his 15th double-double of the season. He shot just 1 for 5 from 3-point range, however.

Before the game, Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said Westbrook becomes “almost unguardable” when his 3-point shot is falling.


A story circulated that Lakers great Kobe Bryant gave Durant and Westbrook an earful last summer while playing on the Olympic team and proclaimed the Lakers as the team to beat after adding point guard Steve Nash and center Dwight Howard to their roster.

Is that true?

“No,” Durant said. “He called it, though. I gave him some credit. He called that one. … I didn't believe him. But when it went down, man, I was like, ‘Wow, man. That was a great call.' He knows it's a long year. He knows chemistry and camaraderie are a big part of this league. He was real cool about just worrying about the Olympic team and just playing the game.”

Durant took a playful dig and said of Bryant: “I guess he makes the decisions over there in LA with the Lakers.”


Portland is coached by former Oklahoma standout Terry Stotts (1976-80). … The Blazers were 15 for 43 on 3-pointers on Friday, a record number of attempts against the Warriors. … Portland currently is the No. 8 playoff seed in the Western Conference and trails OKC by eight games in the Northwest Division. … The Rose Garden has long been one of the most difficult arenas for road teams. The Blazers are 13-4 at home this season.