Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: OKC improves record vs. East

Sunday night's 102-72 shellacking of the Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena improved the Thunder's season record to 13-7 (.650) against Eastern Conference teams.
BY JOHN ROHDE Published: February 24, 2013
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Sunday night's 102-72 shellacking of the Chicago Bulls at Chesapeake Energy Arena improved the Thunder's season record to 13-7 (.650) against Eastern Conference teams.


That record pales in comparison to OKC's stellar 28-8 (.778) mark against Western Conference teams.

The Thunder is 18-1 at home against West, but just 7-3 against the East at The Peake.

Why has the Thunder (41-15) struggled against the inferior East?

“I do not know,” said three-time scoring champ Kevin Durant, shaking his head in disgust.

OKC coach Scott Brooks wasn't much help, either.

“I haven't looked at it that closely,” Brooks said. “I know the last couple of years we've been good against the East (57-21 the previous three seasons). They definitely are physical teams. I don't know if that's the reason. We just haven't played as well against the East as we have against the West. … I don't know the answer to that.”

TRADING PLACES

Thabo Sefolosha and Ronnie Brewer used to play for the Chicago Bulls, while Nazr Mohammed, Daequan Cook and Nate Robinson used to play for the Thunder.

All parties got reacquainted either before the game or at halftime.

OLD FRIENDS?

Thunder center Kendrick Perkins and Robinson were teammates and close friends with the Boston Celtics when they were traded together to OKC two years to the day on Sunday.

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