Thunder notebook: Home, not-so-sweet home

By John Rohde, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Modified: November 29, 2010 at 11:59 pm •  Published: November 29, 2010
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Monday would have qualified as one of the most lethargic crowds in Thunder history, but the eighth sellout (18,203) gathering of the season finally came to life with 4:17 left in the third quarter when Jeff Green sprinted down court and blocked Paul's wide-open layup attempt.

“I think that changed the game,” Brooks said. “I thought it was huge. We have great crowds here. They bring it every night.”

BRIEFLY

The Thunder outrebounded the Hornets 56-36. … OKC is now 5-1 following a loss this season. … After missing two games with back spasms, Thunder center Nenad Krstic returned to the starting lineup and had seven rebounds and three points in 17 minutes. … Thunder forward Serge Ibaka was the NBA leader in field-goal percentage (.603) thanks to his 7-for-7 effort at Houston on Sunday. He will fall from the top spot after going 0 for 5 against the Hornets. Ibaka did have 11 rebounds and three blocks. … In the crowd were former Oklahoma football player Marcus Dupree and former Thunder and Hornets player Desmond Mason. … Both teams combined to shoot 36.1 percent (26 of 72) in the second half. … Ibaka and Hornets center Didier Ilunga-Mbenga, the only two Congolese players in the NBA, guarded each other.

QUOTABLE

“I saw it about seven times on the way home (while on the team plane). I stopped at that point in the game film and hit ‘rewind.' That was something else.” — Brooks on Russell Westbrook's explosive dunk over Houston's Shane Battier on Sunday



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