Oklahoma quarterback Blake Bell and offensive lineman Gabe Ikard sat courtside and chatted briefly with Daniel Orton at halftime. Ikard and Orton played basketball together at Bishop McGuinness High School. … OKC point guard Russell Westbrook picked up his ninth technical foul of the season in the first quarter. … Thunder reserve forward Nick Collison wore a sleeve on his right calf. … Chicago forward Taj Gibson suffered sprained left knee and did not return. … In the first quarter, two total fouls were called and both were against OKC. In the second quarter, 20 fouls were called — 10 on each team. … In its last two games, the Thunder is a combined 46 for 49 (.939) from the free-throw line — 22 for 22 against Minnesota on Friday and 24 for 27 against the Bulls.
Durant on what time of day he would prefer to play Sunday games: “I would like to keep it at 7 (p.m.), but I'd rather have 8:30 (p.m.) than noon. I like to sleep throughout the day. I just like to relax before the game. Just getting right out of your bed and going to the arena in the morning is a little different, but I'd rather just have an 8:30 start.”