The Thunder has struggled with its shooting early this season, but certainly not from the free-throw line.
The Thunder holds a comfortable lead as the NBAâ€™s top free-throw shooting team and upped its team percentage to an astounding .873 after converting 35 of 37 free throws in a 109-103 victory over Philadelphia on Wednesday night inside Oklahoma City Arena.
â€œItâ€™s not just because we practice it. Our guys are good free-throw shooters,â€ Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. â€œYou donâ€™t expect to make 35 out of 37 every night, but I feel we should be in the 80s as a team. Itâ€™s definitely an asset to have knowing that if the game is close, we can throw it to anybody and I feel confident theyâ€™re going to make the two shots (at the line).â€
Kevin Durant led the barrage, going 16 for 16, and upped his season percentage to .914. Russell Westbrook had the teamâ€™s only two misses, going 9 for 11, and is now at .905 for the season.
Durantâ€™s technical foul against Boston last Sunday has been rescinded after the leagueâ€™s review process. Referees whistled Durant for shoving Paul Pierce. What instigated the incident was Pierce grabbing and holding Durantâ€™s right arm after a basket.
No hard feelings from Durant. â€œYou canâ€™t blame the refs,â€ Durant said. â€œThey were doing what they thought was right. I respect that. Of course, I thought it should have gone the other way, but itâ€™s over with now. Itâ€™s time to move forward.â€
UCLA rules the roost with 14 players in the NBA, none of them rookies.
One of those products is Westbrook, who said he was not aware ex-Bruins led the league. â€œIt doesnâ€™t surprise me, though,â€ he added with a smile.
Asked if there was a playful competition among UCLA players, Westbrook said: â€œNot with me. Maybe with other people, but I donâ€™t know.â€
Alphabetically, here are the other 13 former Bruins in the league: Arron Afflalo (Denver), Trevor Ariza (New Orleans), Matt Barnes (LA Lakers), Darren Collison (Indiana), Baron Davis (LA Clippers), Jordan Farmar (New Jersey), Dan Gadzuric (Golden State), Jrue Holiday (Philadelphia), Ryan Hollins (Cleveland), Jason Kapono (Philadelphia), Kevin Love (Minnesota), Luc Mbah a Moute (Milwaukee) and Earl Watson (Utah).
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