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