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Thunder notebook: OKC assaults NBA record book again

Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, James Harden and Serge Ibaka match a 43-year-old mark held by the old Baltimore Bullets.
BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: March 7, 2012

In its 115-104 comeback victory over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena, the Thunder once again assaulted the NBA record book for individual achievement.

OKC had three players score 30-plus in Russell Westbrook (31), Kevin Durant (30) and James Harden (a career-high 30), while Serge Ibaka had 20 rebounds.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it marked the first time since Nov. 18, 1969, that three players had 30-plus points and another player had 20-plus rebounds in the same game.

The Baltimore Bullets did so in a 142-138 victory against the San Diego Rockets with Mike Davis (40 points), Earl Monroe (30 points), Gus Johnson (30 points) and Wes Unseld (23 rebounds).

In its 124-118 overtime victory against Denver on Feb. 19, the Thunder became the first team in NBA history to have a player score 50-plus (Durant with 51), a player score 40-plus (Westbrook with 40) and another player post a triple-double (Ibaka with 15 rebounds, 14 points, 11 blocked shots) in the same game.

STREAKING

*OKC now has a 14-game homecourt winning streak, three shy of the franchise record of 17 in 1994-95 while in Seattle.

*The Thunder is tied for the best start in franchise history at 31-8, set during the 1993-94 season.

*OKC has won five straight against Phoenix, dating back to Dec. 19, 2010.

*The Suns came in having won three straight and five of their last six.

IN THE HOUSE

Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model Kate Upton was in attendance and sat courtside with the Thunder ownership group.

Also from SI, writer Chris Mannix has been in town this week and is working on a Westbrook feature.

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