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Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Scott Brooks says James Harden is an All-Star

Harden is competing with former OKC teammate Russell Westbrook, Spurs guards Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili and the Warriors' Stephen Curry
by Darnell Mayberry Published: December 30, 2012
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photo - Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) goes to the basket while double-teamed by Utah Jazz Al Jefferson (25) and Paul Millsap (24) in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan) ORG XMIT: HTR101
Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) goes to the basket while double-teamed by Utah Jazz Al Jefferson (25) and Paul Millsap (24) in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan) ORG XMIT: HTR101

Since arriving in Oklahoma City, the Thunder has hosted a game on New Year's Eve every year.

And the Thunder is 4-0 in those games.

Oklahoma City will look to extend its perfect streak on Monday night against the Phoenix Suns. In last year's New Year's Eve game, the Thunder beat the Suns 107-97.

OKC has won by an average margin of 6.8 points in its four New Year's Eve games. Before last season, the Thunder defeated Atlanta by nine in 2010, Utah by one in 2009 and Golden State by seven in 2008.

BALANCED SCORING A RECIPE FOR SUCCESS FOR OKC

In Saturday's 124-94 win over the Rockets, the Thunder had five players score at least 10 points. Oklahoma City is now 12-0 when that happens.

“That means everybody's involved,” said Kevin Martin, “and we're flowing as a team and not just as individuals.”

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Houston coach Kevin McHale on whether fatigue was a factor in his team's 30-point loss to the Thunder on the second night of a back-to-back — “We aren't laying brick in 110 degree weather. We're just playing basketball. Since everybody has played basketball when they've been a little tired, you've just got to go out and push through it,”

By Darnell Mayberry

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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