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Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook injures eye in win over Suns

In the second quarter of the Thunder's 114-96 victory over Phoenix on Monday night, Suns forward Luis Scola inadvertently elbowed OKC All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook above the right eye.
BY JOHN ROHDE Published: December 31, 2012
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CLOSING NIGHT

This was the second straight year the Thunder defeated the Suns on New Year's Eve.

OKC is 5-0 on Dec. 31 games with previous victories coming against Golden State in 2008, Utah in 2009 and Atlanta in 2010.

TIP-INS

The Thunder committed a season-low five turnovers Monday. The previous season low was 10. OKC came in averaging 16.0 turnovers per game (29th in NBA). … Monday was the 64th consecutive home sellout in the regular season for the Thunder and the 83rd straight sellout including the postseason. … OKC outscored the Suns 50-34 in the paint and 15-6 in fast-break points. The teams tied 16-16 in second-chance points. … The Thunder plays Brooklyn next on Wednesday. The Nets were outscored 30-5 in the third quarter of a 104-73 loss at San Antonio on Monday.

QUOTABLE

Three-time scoring champ Kevin Durant on how Thunder teammates playfully kid with each other in the locker room: “Man, we joke about everything on this team. I came in here with all my (Washington) Redskins gear on (Monday morning). Perk and Russell were talking so much trash on me. We joke about everything — clothes, missed layups, missed dunks, all that stuff.”