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.
â€œI think that changed the game,â€ Brooks said. â€œI thought it was huge. We have great crowds here. They bring it every night.â€
The Thunder outrebounded the Hornets 56-36. â€¦ OKC is now 5-1 following a loss this season. â€¦ 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. â€¦ 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. â€¦ In the crowd were former Oklahoma football player Marcus Dupree and former Thunder and Hornets player Desmond Mason. â€¦ Both teams combined to shoot 36.1 percent (26 of 72) in the second half. â€¦ Ibaka and Hornets center Didier Ilunga-Mbenga, the only two Congolese players in the NBA, guarded each other.
â€œI 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 â€˜rewind.' That was something else.â€ â€” Brooks on Russell Westbrook's explosive dunk over Houston's Shane Battier on Sunday