After missing the Thunder's recent win in Milwaukee with flu-like symptoms, Thabo Sefolosha returned to the starting lineup on Monday.
And he looked good in 22 minutes, scoring eight points on 3-of-6 shooting, while adding three rebounds, an assist and a block.
Sefolosha also made two 3-pointers, an encouraging sign considering he missed 15 of his first 16 in November. He has now made four of his last five from deep.
FANS WEAR ROCKETS JERSEYS COURTSIDE
As Thunder players stormed the court for warm-ups on Monday night, there was a strange sight near the OKC bench.
Sitting a few seats down from coach Scott Brooks' in-game perch, two fans were decked out in Houston Rockets gear: One, a bright red Dwight Howard jersey; the other, a matching James Harden getup.
And the players noticed.
Kendrick Perkins was the first, eyeing the duo up and down, before Sefolosha and Kevin Durant wandered over to give them a playful lecture.
Minutes later, they both took off the Rockets jerseys, with an apparent nudge from someone with significant pull.
“Clay Bennett, Owner of the Thunder: ‘Lose Them,'” Hunter Leveque, one of the jersey-wearers, tweeted, later calling it a “stern suggestion,” but not an ‘ultimatum.'
FAN DRILLS HALF-COURT SHOT
For the fourth time in the past two seasons, the Thunder had a fan drain an in-game half-court shot, netting $20,000.
Cameron Rodriguez, from Elk City, was the lucky fan on this night, drilling the long-range shot to rousing approval by the fans.
“He's like Dennis Rodman with a jump shot right now.” — Brooks talking about Serge Ibaka
The Thunder gets a two-day rest before Thursday's redemption showdown with the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night in Oklahoma City.
During this six-game homestand, coincidentally, the Thunder will get a chance to avenge all three of its losses this season, with the Warriors and Timberwolves also coming to OKC.
“I don't know if we have that (redemption) mentality,” Brooks said. “But we definitely don't like to lose … and we don't like to lose to the same team two times.”