EXTRA REST, ADDED BONUS
Because this one was decided so early, the Thunder was able to accomplish a pair of needed tasks: rest for its stars and playing time for the end of its bench.
Durant was only needed for 27 minutes, his lowest output since a blowout of Utah in late November.
And Hasheem Thabeet, OKC's third-string center who hasn't appeared in a game since mid-December, got five minutes. He even hit a midrange jumper.
“It's nice,” Brooks said. “I feel for Hash. He's done a great job all year. Comes to practice every day, stays after, gets there early. He's one of our biggest cheerleaders on the bench, always getting our guys spirits up … Unfortunately, there's not a lot of minutes for him right now.”
STAT OF THE GAME
Serge Ibaka — 17 points and 11 rebounds — compiled his 15th double-double of the season. He only had 15 all of last year.
OKC is immediately back on the road, traveling to Utah and Denver for Tuesday and Thursday night games. The Thunder has already won at both places this season.