Thunder general manager Sam Presti on Friday contacted Hugo High School junior Trey Johnson, who scored the game-winning basket for the wrong team in a Class 3A boys state basketball tournament game on Thursday at Yukon High School.
Johnson's layup into his own basket as the final buzzer sounded gave Millwood a shocking 38-37 victory.
Presti was on hand for the Thunder's 116-94 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena on Friday night and was asked what he said to Johnson.
“I'd rather just keep that conversation between us,” Presti said.
Presti confirmed Johnson will attend Sunday's noon contest between OKC and Boston Celtics at Chesapeake Energy Arena as a guest of the Thunder.
NO REST FOR WEARY
Despite being in the middle of four games in five days, the Thunder (46-16) will have a shootaround session Saturday morning in preparation for Sunday's noon contest against the Celtics at The Peake.
Afterward, OKC will leave for San Antonio for Monday's 7:30 p.m. game against the Spurs at AT&T Center.
Having back-to-back games — four games in five days — is arguably the most demanding stretch in a team's yearly schedule.
“That's probably the toughest part of any NBA team's schedule, but it's part of it — back-to-backs; four in five nights; six in nine nights; eight in 11 — it doesn't matter,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. “Everybody has a time during the year where they have a tough part. No question, this is definitely a tough part.”
Friday completed the 10th of OKC's 15 back-to-backs this season. Thus far, the Thunder is 8-2 on the first night, 7-3 on the second and has five sweeps.
STREAK IS ALIVE
Despite needing pregame treatment for a sprained right ankle suffered early in Thursday night's 95-94 victory at New York against the Knicks, Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook started Friday's game for his 374th consecutive game played, the NBA's longest active streak.
The 24-year-old Westbrook still has not missed a game in his five-year NBA career.
Was Westbrook close to not playing? “Come on, what do you think?” Brooks said with a smile.
Westbrook was not available for interviews before the game because he was receiving treatment on the ankle. After the game, he refused an interview request. He finished with 11 points, five assists and three rebounds in 24:43 of playing time.
At The Peake last season, the song “This City” was played before pregame introductions.
Thunder coach Maurice Cheeks would bob in rhythm to the song with Kevin Durant standing nearby in unison.
The song was played before Friday's game at Time Warner Cable Arena, and right on cue Cheeks and Durant looked at each other, smiled and picked up with their pregame ritual with Cheeks mouthing the words.
Former Thunder center Byron Mullens, who was traded to Charlotte for a second-round draft pick on Dec, 19, 2011, stopped by the OKC locker room afterward and visited with Durant and others. … Thunder starting center Kendrick Perkins picked up his 11th technical of the season, slamming the ball down after being called for traveling. … The Thunder is now 15-7 overall against Eastern Conference teams, 19-12 on the road, 8-4 against the East on the road, 21-1 when shooting better than 50 percent from the floor and 4-0 when six players score in double-digits. … OKC is now 7-2 all-time against the Bobcats.
Perkins when asked if he minded sitting out another entire fourth quarter along with his fellow starters: “I ain't trippin' on it.”
BY JOHN ROHDE