Russell Westbrook snaps out of funk: Was it the pregame speech?

THUNDER NOTEBOOK — Oklahoma City point guard snapped out of an April slump with a 30-point performance Wednesday against Denver. Finishing at the rim could have something to do with it.
By JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Modified: April 26, 2012 at 4:26 pm •  Published: April 26, 2012
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FOR THE RECORD

After a 5-0 December, the Thunder's high-water mark was a 29-7 record (.806) following a March 1 victory at Orlando.

The team's low-water mark was its final record at 47-19 (.712) thanks to an 8-7 (.533) record in April.

Other Thunder records:

18-0 (1.000) – shooting 50 percent or better

16-0 (1.000) – opponent scores less than 90 points

44-17 (.721) – opponent shoots less than 50 percent

15-4 (.789) – opponent shoots less than 40 percent

13-1 (.929) – with 10-plus steals

31-5 (.861) – with more rebounds

22-5 (.815) – with more assists

24-6 (.800) – with more second-chance points or tied

28-8 (.778) – with more points in the paint or tied

35-11 (.761) – with more fast-break points or tied

23-7 (.767) – when bench outscores other bench

5-0 (1.000) – when benches are tied

9-2 (.818) – when five players score 10-plus

8-0 (1.000) – when three players score 20-plus

12-9 (.571) – in games decided by six points or less

15-3 (.833) – first game after a loss

3-1 (.750) – in overtime games

26-7 (.788) – at home

21-12 (.636) – on road

34-14 (.708) – vs. Western Conference

13-5 (.722) – vs. Eastern Conference

31-11 (.738) – with usual starting lineup

16-8 (.667) – with makeshift starting lineup

THUNDER ALLEY

Love's Thunder Alley will open three hours before tipoff of home playoff games. The free block party includes interactive games, concessions, a FOX Sports Oklahoma broadcast stage, playoff merchandise and more. Fans are invited to bring chairs and blankets to watch the game broadcast on the 74-foot wide, 20-foot tall video display located on the northwest side of Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Thunder Alley also hosts the Thunder Rewards Zone, which offers a game-day opportunity to win or buy specially designated tickets. Registration begins four hours prior to tipoff and closes after two hours. Ninety minutes before tip, 100 winners will be drawn at random. The first 25 winners will each receive a complimentary pair of Loud City tickets. The remaining 75 winners will be able to purchase a pair. Please note that arriving early will not increase the chances of winning.

The Thunder Shop inside The Peake will offer extended Saturday hours through the playoffs. On non-game days, fans can shop Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

By John Rohde