BROOKS CLEARS UP TRADE COMMENTS
Back in November, when Harden returned to Oklahoma City for his first game against the Thunder, coach Scott Brooks said the game was personal because the Rockets traded him years ago and it took him a while to get over it.
Before Saturday's game at Houston, Brooks felt the need to clear the air.
“When I said that, it was really a joke,” Brooks said. “But a lot of people didn't take it as a joke. It was nothing personal at all. I was joking because James Harden was the trade. But it was so long ago. I loved it here. This is a great city. Friendly people. I loved living here. I loved coach Rudy (Tomjanovich). The second (championship) run, would I have loved to be a part of it? Absolutely.”
Former Thunder center Cole Aldrich checked in with 4:23 remaining in the second quarter. He went scoreless with three fouls in eight minutes … Nick Collison recorded his first double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds in 28 minutes Saturday … The Thunder moved to 12-0 when five players score at least 10 points … OKC had a season-high 16 steals against the Rockets.