* Brook Lopez is tall (7-foot), but far more important he plays tall. He keeps his hands high and the ball high. He's good. Where would the Nets (9-23) be without him?
* Against Dallas on Monday, Thunder forward Serge Ibaka had three fouls in the first three minutes. Against the Nets, he collected three fouls in his first five minutes. To his credit, Ibaka calmed down and finished with nine points, three rebounds and a block in 15 minutes.
ALDRICH TO 66ERS
Rookie center Cole Aldrich was not at Wednesday's game and is on his way to Austin to join the Tulsa 66ers tonight. (NBA teams do not officially announce assignments to the Developmental League until a player has arrived.) It will be Aldrich's second stint with the 66ers. Players are allowed three for the entire season.
As part of its Holiday Assist program, the Thunder provided 250 tickets for Army privates in basic training at Fort Sill who were unable to go home for the holidays. The group received a standing ovation during a timeout late in the second quarter. The Thunder also provided 50 tickets to privates on Dec. 19 against Phoenix.
Wednesday was the 15th sellout (18,203) in 18 home games. â€¦ Starting center Nenad Krstic didn't take his first shot until his 14th minute. Early in the third quarter, his first two field goals came 26 seconds apart. He finished with all 10 of his points in the period on 5-for-6 shooting. â€¦ The Thunder's largest lead was 25. The Nets had only two second-chance points.
BY JOHN ROHDE