Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Okarche's Rae Grellner performs national anthem

Rae Grellner played the anthem on her violin before the NBA contest between the Thunder and Orlando Magic at Chesapeake Energy Arena before a sellout crowd of 18,203.
BY DARNELL MAYBERRY AND JOHN ROHDE Published: March 15, 2013
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LINES CROSSED

The Thunder shot 60.3 percent (38 for 63) from 2-point range on Friday, but struggled elsewhere, shooting 30.8 percent (4 for 13) from 3-point range and 67.4 percent (29 for 43) from the free-throw line.

OKC shot 64.3 percent 27 for 42) from the floor in the first half, but just 44.1 (15 for 34) percent in the second half.

Durant entered the game as the league leader in free-throw percentage at .909, but went 9 for 12 to fall to second place (.906300) behind Stephen Curry (.906382), who played at home against Chicago late Friday.

CENTURY MARK

Including the postseason, Friday night's game marked the 100th consecutive sellout at Chesapeake Energy Arena (18,203) for the Thunder, with 81 straight coming in the regular season.

TIP-INS

Thunder reserve center Hasheem Thabeet sat out of Friday's game with a sore lower back and officially is day-to-day. … OKC set a season high with 73 points in the first half. The Thunder record for points in a half is 74 on March 24, 2010, against Houston. … OKC center Kendrick Perkins was whistled for a technical foul in the third quarter and tied Durant for the team lead with 12. … Perkins had 12 rebounds, one shy of tying his season high. … The Thunder bench outscored the Magic bench 38-6. … OKC and Orlando tied at 56-56 for points in the paint, but the Magic outscored the Thunder 15-10 in second-chance points and 20-16 in fast-break points.

QUOTABLE

Thunder coach Scott Brooks after Friday's game: “The bright spot about this game is that it's over with.”



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