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Thunder notebook: Coach Scott Brooks resorts to bribery to increase assists

Coach Scott Brooks offered the Thunder a deal: Get 20 assists against Houston and get Thursday off.
BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, Modified: November 18, 2010 at 9:46 pm •  Published: November 18, 2010

Three-point shooting still needs work, however. The Thunder remains last in 3-point shooting percentage by a comfortable margin (.265).

Even with the 26 assists, the Thunder also ranks last in that category (17.3). Boston leads the league handily at 27.3 assists, which is 3.5 per game more than the Lakers and Utah.

After a season-low nine turnovers against the Rockets (one intentionally in the closing seconds), the Thunder is tied for fifth in the league (13.6). Last season, it tied for 23rd (15.0).


Wednesday was Houston's most lopsided defeat of the season. The previous high was a 13-point loss against Denver, but the Rockets (3-8) trailed by one midway through the fourth quarter. "Sooner or later, they were just going to go ahead because they were playing better," said Houston forward Luis Scola, who had a game-high 26 points.