The Thunder currently is averaging 8.27 steals, which is tied with Miami for 10th, and is on pace to be the most the franchise has finished a season with in the Oklahoma City era.
“We talk about getting steals through our defense, not by gambling,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “And there's a difference. Sometimes when you gamble a bunch of times you're going to get some steals, but you're going to give up a bunch of opportunities for easy shots and layups. But our defense has been doing a good job of staying in with what we do and letting the defense get the steals.”
BROOKS NOT LOOKING TO SEND A MESSAGE TO LIGGINS
When guard DeAndre Liggins picked up his second technical foul in two games late in the first quarter Saturday at Cleveland, Brooks immediately yanked him out of the game and never put him back in.
On Monday, rather than playing his customary first-half minutes, Liggins didn't get in against the Mavs until mop-up time.
“No, not at all,” Brooks said when asked if he was trying to send a message. “There's no question he can't, and our team can't, continue to get technicals. We just have to play with a lot of emotions but keep our emotions to ourselves. But that wasn't nothing. I don't want him to get technicals. But (Monday) night, I wanted to go with a shorter rotation.”
Warriors center Andrew Bogut is back in the lineup after missing 38 games while recovering from foot surgery. It's unclear if he'll play against the Thunder because Golden State is on the second night of a back-to-back. … Durant recorded his 10th double-double of the season Monday and his third in the past five games. …Golden State had won four straight going into Tuesday's game at Houston. …The Thunder is 32-5 when leading at halftime and 32-2 when leading after three quarters.
By Darnell Mayberry