Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Scott Brooks pleased after first quarter

The score was 16-16 after the first quarter of Wednesday night's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, and Thunder coach Scott Brooks was far more pleased than he was disgusted.
BY JOHN ROHDE Published: January 9, 2013
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Oddly enough, OKC shot 55.0 percent (11 for 20) on 3-pointers and 44.6 percent (25 for 56) on 2-point attempts.

TURN IN TURNOVERS

The Thunder also was able to pull away thanks to better ball security.

OKC had five turnovers in the first quarter, three in the second, three in the third and two in the fourth to finish with 13, which Minnesota turned into 16 points.

Meanwhile, the Thunder turned 19 Timberwolves turnovers into 26 points.

ROAD WARRIORS

OKC now plays nine of its next 10 on the road. Its only home game between Thursday and Jan. 31 is next Wednesday against Denver.

The Thunder plays at the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, at Portland on Sunday, at Phoenix on Monday, home against Denver, at Dallas on Jan. 18, at Denver on Jan. 20, at the Los Angeles Clippers on Jan. 22, at Golden State on Jan. 23, at Sacramento on Jan. 25 and at the Lakers on Jan. 27.

OKC is 18-3 at home and 9-5 on the road.

TIP-INS

The Thunder out-rebounded Minnesota (39-38), which entered No. 2 in the NBA in rebounding. … OKC outscored the Wolves 23-8 in fast-break points, 9-7 in second-chance points and the teams tied 42-42 in points in the paint. … The Timberwolves were nowhere near full-strength and were missing starting forward Kevin Love (hand), backup point guard J.J. Barea (back spasms) and reserve guard Malcolm Lee (knee). … In attendance were former Oklahoma quarterback and 2003 Heisman Trophy winner Jason White, former OU linebacker Ronnell Lewis of the Detroit Lions, former Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden of the Cleveland Browns and former OSU wrestler/mixed martial artist Randy Couture.

QUOTABLE

Collison on playing Friday night at Staples Center against the Lakers, who are 15-20 overall, have lost five straight and have yet to win in 2013: “They're going to have a sense of urgency and they've got a lot of talent. Every time we go in there, it's going to be a difficult game. We'll have to be ready to go. We'll have to play well to win, for sure.”



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