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

Also on hand was rapper Trina, who is Harden's girlfriend.

TIP-INS

Suns All-Star point guard Steve Nash had 13 assists in the first half and zero in the second. … While the Thunder opened the game 5 for 17 (.294) from the field, Phoenix countered by shooting 9 for 14 (.643), which included a banked-in 3-pointer from forward Channing Frye. The Suns led by as many as 15 in the first quarter (30-15). … Phoenix center Marcin Gortat had a career-high 28 points, plus 11 rebounds and three blocks. … Through three quarters, the Thunder flirted with shooting less than 40 percent for the second straight game. OKC shot a season-low 38.2 percent Monday night against Dallas, but it still won 95-91. Interestingly, the Thunder is 3-0 when it shoots less than 40 percent this season.

SEE THABO RUN

Thunder starting guard Thabo Sefolosha, who has missed the last 20 games because of soreness in his right foot, was shooting jump shots and running three-quarters speed to half-court and back at the end of Wednesday morning's shootaround.

OKC coach Scott Brooks said Sefolosha began doing drills earlier this week. “He's improving every day and he's increasing the level every day,” Brooks said. “We see how he feels each day. He's coming along. Don't know when (he will return) yet, but he's coming along.”

The safest assumption has Sefolosha 1-2 weeks away from returning, though Brooks said he doesn't constantly ask team doctors for status reports.

“I don't do that just because I don't want to put pressure on him (Sefolsoha),” Brooks said. “I just let them (team doctors) do their jobs. I trust our medical team. They work with him every day, and they'll let me know when he's ready.”

QUOTABLE

Thunder center Kendrick Perkins on defending the 6-foot-11, 250-pound Gortat: “With a guy like Gortat, I feel like you've got to wear on him. So I like to play physical with him all three quarters, and by the fourth quarter I think he might be dead.”



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