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Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Thunder endures without Serge Ibaka, Thabo Sefolosha

Nick Collison replaced Ibaka, and DeAndre Liggins, who began this season with a triple-double while playing for the Tulsa 66ers in the Developmental League, replaced Sefolosha. Liggins finished with 11 points and nine rebounds in his first career start.
By John Rohde Published: January 13, 2013

“I'm good. I'm good,” Ibaka said. “Just a little sore, but I'll be fine.”

LIMITING LILLARD

One of the keys to the Thunder's victory was limiting rookie sensation Damian Lillard to nine points on 3-for-13 shooting from the field (2 for 9 on 3-pointers) after he erupted for a career-high 37 points at Golden State on Friday night.

“Is he a rookie?” Thunder coach Scott Brooks deadpanned. “He's impressive. He looks like a six- or seven-year veteran. He just has great poise. That's what you really love about him. He controls the game. He figures out what the game needs and he tries to give it to the team.”

HALL OF FAMERS?

Dime Magazine assembled a list of “5 Players Under 25 Years Old With The Best Chance To Make The Hall Of Fame,” and three players selected have Oklahoma ties.

Thunder forward and three-time NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant was ranked No. 1, OKC guard Russell Westbrook was No. 4 and Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin of OU was No. 5.

Chicago point guard Derrick Rose at No. 2 and Minnesota forward Kevin Love at No. 3 complete the list.

BY JOHN ROHDE