How close did the scoring race have to be for Brooks to have given Durant his normal minutes in Wednesday's finale?
“That's a great question,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said, not providing an answer.
In addition to Durant sitting out the game, Thunder starting center Kendrick Perkins and sixth man Kevin Martin (lower back spasms) missed their third straight game, while reserve forward Nick Collison (rest) also sat.
Former Edmond Santa Fe standout Ekpe Udoh started at forward for the Bucks in place of Ersan Ilyasova (wrist). Milwaukee Larry Sanders (sore lower back) did not play.
HAVE A SEAT
Since Brooks decided to sit his top seven players Wednesday, he kiddingly was asked if he gave any consideration to sitting out the game and allowing assistant Maurice Cheeks to fill in as coach.
“Some people think I do that already,” Brooks joked. “I just sit there.”
Durant laughed when it playfully was suggested Westbrook could have had 30 assists had Durant scored 70 points against the Bucks to win his fourth straight scoring title: “Ya'll just putting stats on us like we're video games.”
OKC's third straight Northwest Division Champions banner was unfurled in the rafters during pregame introductions. … Perkins gave a brief pregame speech, but twice had to wait for the thunderous ovation to quiet down before he could be heard. … OKC had six dunks in the first quarter and led 30-21. … When Jones checked into the game late in the second quarter, he forgot to take off his warm-up top. … The Thunder shot 58.3 percent from the field in the first quarter, but 35.4 percent thereafter to finish at 41.6 percent. … OKC's initial lineup jumped out to a 22-10 lead in the first 7½ minutes, but its reserves were outscored 85-67 the rest of the way.
BY JOHN ROHDE