Serge Ibaka's streak of 43 straight regular-season games with at least one blocked shot was snapped during Saturday night's 116-109 overtime victory against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center.
In addition, Ibaka didn't grab his first defensive rebound until the overtime period. His first eight rebounds were at the offensive end.
Ibaka finished with 18 points, missed his last three shots and still finished 8 for 12 from the field, added nine rebounds and two assists.
Fellow French-speaking teammate Thabo Sefolosha used Ibaka's odd stat line to take a friendly jab.
“One defensive rebound. No blocked shots. I thought you were supposed to be defensive player of the year?” Sefolosha said with a chuckle.
“Hey,” Ibaka said with his thick accent. “I was just putting both my hands straight up so not to foul, you know? I was just being smart.”
SECOND TO NONE
For the second straight night, all the good work OKC did in the first quarter was promptly wiped out with a poor second quarter.
At Boston, the Thunder led 28-21 after the first period and was outscored 27-17 in the second.
At Philadelphia, OKC led 29-21 after the first quarter and was outscored 28-21 in the second.
“I don't know what the problem is, but we can't make a habit of it,” Sefolosha said.
FINE IN PHILLY
The Thunder is now 7-1 all-time against Philadelphia with seven straight wins overall.
OKC also has won four straight in Philadelphia, with the last loss being Nov. 15, 2008.
The Thunder is 6-2 against Eastern Conference teams this season.
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