Entering Saturday's games, for the first time in two seasons, the Thunder did not lead the NBA in free-throw shooting percentage.
OKC was at 80.1 percent while Portland was at 80.4 percent. After shooting 85.3 percent from the line against New York on Saturday, which included three straight misses in the fourth quarter, the Thunder reclaimed the top spot at 80.6 percent on the season. The Trail Blazers dipped to sixth at 79.4 percent after shooting just 71.0 percent in an overtime loss at Houston.
OKC leads the NBA with 22.3 made free throws per game and is third at 27.7 attempts.
Thunder rankings from the line (with at least 10 attempts): James Harden (.897); Thabo Sefolosha (.824); Kevin Durant (.813); Russell Westbrook (.788); Kendrick Perkins (.778); Serge Ibaka and Nick Collison (.667).
Reggie Jackson (7 for 7), Eric Maynor (4 for 4) and Lazar Hayward (2 for 2) have yet to miss. Daequan Cook is averaging 16.0 minutes a game and has yet to shoot a free throw this season.
Durant has scored in double-digits in 188 straight games, the second-longest active streak to LeBron James' 356 straight.
In addition, Durant appears to have rediscovered his touch at the free-throw line. After starting the season 38 for 51 (.745), Durant has made 34 of his last 36 to reach 81.3 percent. He is shooting 87.9 percent for his career.
With his 10-for-13 effort from the field against the Knicks, Durant is back over the 50-percent mark in field-goal percentage at 50.6 percent. He also is averaging a career-high 3.4 assists.
After averaging 6.3 turnovers in the first four games, Westbrook has averaged 2.3 in the last nine games.
After shooting 33.3 percent (22 for 66) from the field in the first four games, Westbrook has shot 48.3 (72 for 149) percent in the last nine. He still is struggling from 3-point range, however, shooting 23.1 percent on the season.
Ibaka has at least one blocked shot in 26 straight games. Perkins has at least one block in every game this season, matching his previous career high. OKC is the only team with two players having at least one block in every game. … Harden's 17.4 scoring average is tops among NBA reserves, and he has scored in double-digits in 18 straight games, a career best. … Since Perkins made his debut with the Thunder last March at Washington, the Thunder is 24-6 in the regular season. … OKC now has 21 consecutive home sellouts in the regular season. … The Thunder has won two straight years in Boston and last season won without an injured Durant or Jeff Green, who has since been traded to the Celtics.
“They're a much different team with Carmelo (Anthony, out with a sprained ankle and wrist). Anytime you lose one of your best players, it's tough.” – Thunder coach Scott Brooks after beating the Knicks 104-92 on Saturday.