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Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Limited turnovers help OKC to win over Portland

Coming in, OKC averaged 15.4 turnovers per game, fourth most in the NBA. Against Portland, the Thunder had a season-low seven turnovers.
by Anthony Slater Published: January 21, 2014
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Kevin Durant's 46 points will rightly capture the headlines.

But in Oklahoma City's Tuesday night 105-97 win over the Blazers, it was the Thunder's protective offensive nature that may have made as much a difference.

Coming in, OKC averaged 15.4 turnovers per game, fourth most in the NBA. Against Portland, the Thunder had a season-low seven turnovers.

“Seven turnovers, sometimes that's usually a quarter for us,” Scott Brooks joked. “I thought our guys were great with the ball.”

And that particularly goes for Reggie Jackson, who had five assists and only one turnover.

“We gave ourselves a chance to score every time down,” Brooks said. “And that's what you want.”

 

ROBERSON HAPPY ABOUT D-LEAGUE EXPERIENCE

Although the Thunder hasn't used its D-League affiliate like in the past, it has shuffled rookie forward Andre Roberson back-and-forth as of late.

And Roberson seems to think the added work is paying off.

“It's good,” Roberson said. “It gives me an opportunity to go down there and get better, just work on the things that I've been working on up here as far as my development with my coaches.”

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