Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: NBA's top-two teams meet Tuesday

Sunday night's 121-118 loss to Denver in overtime leaves the Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers with the best record in the NBA at 32-9.
By John Rohde Published: January 21, 2013
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As if the current six-game, 10-day road trip wasn't long enough, the Thunder already has added two extra five-minute period by going overtime in the first two stops at Dallas and Denver.

Sunday night's 121-118 loss to the Nuggets in OT leaves the Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers with the best record in the NBA at 32-9. The teams meet Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. at Staples Center.

OKC won this season's previous meeting at Chesapeake Energy Arena in overtime.

KEY SHORTCOMINGS

Thunder coach Scott Brooks pointed out two key areas that cost his team on Sunday.

OKC was outrebounded 50-39 overall and 20-11 at the offensive end, which led to the Nuggets owning an 18-9 advantage in second-chance points.

The other mismatch came underneath as Denver outscored OKC 66-36 in the paint.

KD TOES THE LINE

After going 21 for 21 at the free-throw line in a career-high 52-point game at Dallas on Friday, Kevin Durant hit his first 18 free throws on Sunday before the streak ended at 39 straight.

Durant finished 20 for 21 against the Nuggets, which made him 50 for 51 dating back to the game at Portland eight days ago.

OLYMPIC MOMENT

Five Olympians played in Sunday's game — Durant, Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka (Spain), plus Denver's Andre Iguodala and Timofey Mazgov (Russia). The Thunder's Joe Sharpe served as assistant athletic trainer for Team USA.


by Ed Godfrey
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