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Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Rejuvenated Thunder rolls past Hornets

Fresh faces Derek Fisher and Ronnie Brewer broke some of the mid-season monotony that often coincides with the dog days of January and February in the NBA.
By John Rohde Published: February 27, 2013

In the last five games, the Thunder is 130 for 138 (.942) from the line.

Russell Westbrook finished 12 for 12, Kevin Durant went 6 for 6, Sefolosha 4 for 4, Kevin Martin 2 for 2 and the lone miss came from Perry Jones III, who was 3 for 4.


Fisher (38 years, 202 days) is the league's sixth-oldest active player behind New York's Kurt Thomas (40 years, 146 days), Los Angeles Clippers' Grant Hill (40 years, 145 days), New York's Jason Kidd (39 years, 341 days), LA Lakers' Steve Nash (39 years, 20 days) and New York's Marcus Camby (38 years, 342 days).


The Thunder is now 26-4 (.867) at home and 19-1 (.950) at home against Western Conference opponents. … OKC shot 55.3 percent from the field and the Hornets shot 35.1 percent. The Thunder is 20-1 this season when shooting 50-plus percent from the field, 14-0 when its opponent shoots less than 40 percent and has won 11 straight when the opponent scores less than 90. … With this season's four-game sweep, OKC is 12-6 all-time against the Hornets with eight straight victories. … Had Hornets guard and Putnam City High School standout Xavier Henry remained in college, he would be a senior at Kansas this season. Henry had nine points in 24 minutes against the Thunder. … OKC center Kendrick Perkins had back-to-back blocks on the same Hornets possession in the third quarter, rejecting Greivis Vasquez first and then Robin Lopez. Perkins finished with four blocks in 23 minutes. His career high is seven blocks (twice).


Brooks on why the Thunder re-signed Fisher: “He's still a player. Trust me, we're not bringing him in here just to tell us good stories about Kobe (Bryant) and Shaq (O'Neal), how they won championships and he was the guy. We're not going to eat S'mores together. We're going to play him. He's going to play.”