The Thunder dove right into the condensed 66-game schedule. Thursday was OKC's fourth game in the first five nights of the season.
Were Thunder players feeling the effects?
“No, not really,” coach Scott Brooks said before the game. “Four in five nights, it's a built-in excuse, but we're not going to go there. We understand we have a job to do for 66 nights, and this is one of them.”
Kevin Durant entered Thursday's game tied for fifth in the NBA in minutes played at 38.0 per game.
Asked if he was experiencing any fatigue, Durant said: “No, I hope not. We've been out for a long time. We've been looking forward to these four games in five nights.”
After the game, Brooks' answer had changed. “After a game, you want your team to have an empty gas tank, and our gas tank is empty.” Brooks said.
Two-time scoring champ Kevin Durant has scored at least 30 points and shot better than 50 percent from the field in all four Thunder games.
Only two other players in the last 30 years had opened a season with three straight 30-point games while making more than half their field-goal attempts in each: Shaquille O'Neal for the Orlando Magic in 1993-1994 and Ray Allen for the Milwaukee Bucks in 2001-2002.
The last player to score 30 points and shoot 50 percent or better in the first four games was Milwaukee's Marques Johnson in the 1978-79 season. He did so in the first six games.
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.
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.
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.
“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