Entering Tuesday's game at Utah, the Thunder was 7-1 against Northwest Division opponents. Oklahoma City had beaten every team in its division, Portland, Denver, Utah and Minnesota, at least once.
Thunder coach Scott Brooks, however, didn't have an answer for his team's success against the division.
“We don't look at it that way,” Brooks said. “We just play every game and treat it like the most important game on the schedule. That's always been our case, whether we're playing Eastern or Western Conference teams or division teams or non-division teams.
Going into Tuesday's game, the Thunder's lone loss to a divisional opponent came on Jan. 3 against the Blazers. It was the seventh game of the season.
But you'd have to forgive Brooks for not keeping track.
“I didn't even know our record was 7-1 against division opponents,” he said. “I think if you ask any of our guys they would tell you the same thing. They have no clue what our record is against division opponents. We just go out and play and focus on that game no matter who it is.”
Guard Daequan Cook had to be helped to the locker room with 10:15 left to play after what appeared to be a right leg injury. Cook grabbed a rebound and was all alone under his own basket when he looked to the bench and was forced to signal for a timeout to exit the game. … After jamming his left index finger Sunday against Portland, Harden played Tuesday's game with his finger heavily wrapped in tape. But Harden's finger is said to be OK. … The Jazz on Tuesday announced that starting small forward Josh Howard will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury that will require surgery. … Durant and Russell Westbrook combined to score 23 of the Thunder's 25 first-quarter points on 8-for-13 shooting. The All-Star duo then went 0-for-6 in the second quarter.
The Thunder will return to Chesapeake Energy Arena on Wednesday night to face the Los Angeles Clippers. It will be the second of four meetings between the two teams this season. L.A. won the first meeting, 112-100, on Jan. 30 inside Staples Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.