Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Thunder's 50th win marks third time in four years

Oklahoma City won its 50th game of the season Sunday when it beat the Dallas Mavericks, and that accomplishment hasn't been lost on the organization.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: March 18, 2013

Oklahoma City's 50th win of the season Sunday night at Dallas marked the third time in four years that the Thunder has won at least 50 games.

It's an accomplishment that hasn't been lost on the Thunder players and coach Scott Brooks.

“We had 40 wins in two seasons, and now we have 50 wins almost every year,” said Kevin Durant. “So that's a blessing and shows how much we've grown as an organization. It's great to be a part of. We really can't take wins for granted because we went a few years without getting many.”

Durant and Nick Collison are the only two players who were members of the Seattle SuperSonics when they went 20-62 in their final season. Brooks was an assistant coach on that team. In the franchise's first year in Oklahoma City, the Thunder went 23-59.

“Give our guys the credit,” Brooks said. “They come out every year and try to get better. And we never used our age as an excuse. We've always worked on the practice floor, and having 50 win seasons is a mark that we can be proud of. But we've still got a lot of games left and we still want to keep improving going into the playoffs.”

With 15 regular season games remaining, the Thunder would need to go 10-5 to finish with its first 60-win season. The Sonics accomplished that feat only three times in their 41-year history, but no current Thunder player or coach was a member of any of those clubs.

“It shows that we're improving,” said Thabo Sefolosha. “It shows that we keep getting better and we're a good team. I'm not surprised with it. But at the same time, I'm really happy with the growth of the team.”

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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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