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Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: One down, three to go for Thunder

Coach Scott Brooks warns Thunder not to look ahead to All-Star break.
By John Rohde Modified: February 8, 2013 at 11:05 pm •  Published: February 8, 2013
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/articleid/3753592/1/pictures/1948154">Photo - Oklahoma City's' Russell Westbrook (0) dunks in front of Phoenix's Shannon Brown (26) during the NBA game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Phoenix Suns at theChesapeake Energy Arena, Friday, Feb. 8, 2013.Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's' Russell Westbrook (0) dunks in front of Phoenix's Shannon Brown (26) during the NBA game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Phoenix Suns at theChesapeake Energy Arena, Friday, Feb. 8, 2013.Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Shooting Stars features one current NBA player, one current WNBA player and an NBA legend on each team. There are six numbered shooting locations of increasing difficulty, with each team attempting to make all shots in numeric order in the fastest time. Each team will select a specific player rotation to follow throughout the competition. Each shot must be made before the next player begins shooting in succession. Teams have up to two minutes to complete the entire shooting course.

Also representing the West will be Maya Moore of the Minnesota Lynx and the Seattle Storm's Tina Thompson, plus former NBA players Sam Cassell and Robert Horry, who played a combined 31 seasons in the league and won 10 NBA championships. Cassell and Horry were teammates on a Houston Rockets team that won back-to-back titles in 1994-95.

Representing the Eastern Conference are Miami's Chris Bosh and Brooklyn's Brook Lopez, Chicago's Swin Cash and Indiana's Tamika Catchings of the WNBA and former players Muggsy Bogues and Dominique Wilkins.

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With three lopsided victories against Dallas, Golden State and Phoenix, Westbrook, Kevin Durant and Kendrick Perkins went the entire week without playing a single second in the fourth quarter. … OKC has now won seven straight at home and is 23-3 at The Peake this season. Its last loss was Jan. 2 against Brooklyn. … The Thunder is now: 11-1 on Fridays; 18-0 when it shoots 50-plus percent from the field; 17-1 when five-plus players score in double-figures; 12-1 with 10 or more blocks; 16-3 with 10 or more steals; 26-6 against Western Conference teams.

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Beasley on whether Friday's loss felt worse than normal: “Every loss is disheartening, but by that many points, that's embarrassing … that adds a little more. That (where OKC is) is where we want to be in the near future.”

BY JOHN ROHDE


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