In Thabo Sefolosha's first 2 1/2 seasons with the Thunder, he shot a combined 28.9 percent (78 for 270) from 3-point range. In the last two seasons, however, he has shot 41.0 percent (93 for 227).
In Friday night's 127-96 shellacking over the Phoenix Suns, Sefolosha shot his way out of a mini-slump by going 4 for 6 beyond the arc and 7 for 11 from the field to finish with a season-high 18 points. Before that outing, he had shot 6 for 26 (.231) from 3-point range.
“It's a matter of pick your poison with them,” Suns coach Lindsey Hunter said. “They have a lot of guys who aren't in the headlines but they do a lot for that team. Sefolosha is one of them. He's a guy who doesn't get the press but he knocks down shots and defends really well. They've got a bunch of guys who are co-stars who do a great job.”
With Durant (29.1 ppg) sitting out the entire fourth quarter the last three game, New York's Carmelo Anthony (28.7) had narrowed his deficit for the NBA scoring lead from 1.0 to 0.4.
Anthony has scored 94 points on 66 shots and played 121 minutes the last three games, compared to 65 points on 40 shots in 90 minutes for Durant, who has won the last three scoring titles.
The Thunder had no formal practice Saturday and took a 2:45 p.m. charter flight to Phoenix. … All 26 eligible players (13 from each team) played Friday night and Phoenix starting forward P.J. Tucker was the only one who did not score. … OKC outscored the Suns 30-12 in fast-break points, 62-42 in points in the paint and 18-11 in second-chance points. … Durant (.903) and Kevin Martin (.902) now rank 2-3 in free-throw percentage behind Golden State's Stephen Curry (.907).
Thunder center Kendrick Perkins on him (plus Durant and Russell Westbrook) not playing in the fourth quarter all last week: “That's good, though. That means we're handling our business.”