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Thunder notebook: OKC plays fourth game in five nights

The Thunder dove right into the condensed 66-game schedule.
BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: December 29, 2011
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/articleid/3636145/1/pictures/1599183">Photo - Oklahoma City's Eric Maynor (6) and Delonte West (13) of Dallas battle for the ball in the second half during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Dallas Mavericks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011. Oklahoma City won, 104-102. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Eric Maynor (6) and Delonte West (13) of Dallas battle for the ball in the second half during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Dallas Mavericks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011. Oklahoma City won, 104-102. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

AWARD-WINNING ANTHEM

Emmy and Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth received a warm ovation after singing the national anthem Thursday.

Chenoweth hails from Broken Arrow and has been a prominent Thunder fan since the franchise moved from Seattle. She frequently has mentioned the team or wore a Thunder T-shirt during television appearances.

Thursday was her first game to attend. A flood and sickness derailed her previously scheduled plans for an appearance. “I am so excited about doing this tonight. You have no idea,” Chenoweth told arena ushers 90 minutes before tipoff and before rehearsing the anthem.

CENTURY MARK

Thursday marked the first time the Dallas Mavericks had scored 100 points this season, including two preseason losses to the Thunder. The Mavs were 43-4 (.915) when they scored at least 100 points in a game en route to the world championship last season. Dallas was 16-12 (.571) when they allowed 100-plus points in a game in 2010-11.

UP NEXT

The Thunder has Friday off and will host the Phoenix Suns on New Year's Eve at 7 p.m. OKC then travels to Dallas for a Monday game at 7:30 p.m.

QUOTABLE

“If Oklahoma City is going to win a title, and that's their goal, their half-court offense has to improve.” – TNT analyst Steve Kerr


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