Thunder notebook: OKC 'basking' with the league's best record

A 16-3 record and sunny California weather has Thunder in a good mood between games.
BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Modified: January 29, 2012 at 8:28 pm •  Published: January 29, 2012
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Though the Thunder has won four straight and 11 of its last 12, point guard Russell Westbrook didn't hesitate when asked what the team was not doing well.

“Turnovers,” Westbrook said. “Taking care of the ball. That's part of my job to be able to do that, to keep everybody on the same page and keep everything under control.”

Westbrook led the NBA in turnovers last season but doesn't even lead his own team in turnovers this season. After committing 25 turnovers the first four games, Westbrook has lowered his average to 3.8 this season. He has 72 total turnovers. Fellow All-Star Kevin Durant has a team-high 74.

TAP-INS

Thunder starting guard Thabo Sefolosha (sore right foot) and reserve forward Nick Collison (left knee) were held out of Sunday's light practice and are day-to-day. … With Chicago's 97-93 loss at Miami on Sunday, the Thunder (16-3) now has a two-game lead in the loss column for the NBA's best record. …While beating the quick-trigger Golden State Warriors on Friday, OKC lost its No. 1 position in opponent field-goal percentage and opponent 3-point percentage.

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