Thunder notebook: Rick Carlisle has surgery, will miss tonight's game

By John Rohde, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: December 26, 2010
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“It never even crossed my mind,” Brooks said. “I don't believe in that. I believe that if you get 50 and it's within the game and it's on good shots, (then) get it, as long as it's all great intentions. You don't want to disrespect your opponent. If the score is tied or a close game and we have to keep scoring buckets, we're going to go to the guy who has a hot hand. You try to win the game and you try to get good shots.”

Durant finished with 44 points, hitting 14 for 20 from the field, 4 for 7 from 3-point range and 12 for 15 from the free-throw line. Durant also had seven rebounds and four assists.

“He was as hot as he's been all year and he could have easily taken some of those shots,” Brooks said of Durant. “He plays the right way and makes passes.”

BRIEFLY

Reserve power forward Nick Collison took another charge on Saturday and now has 19 in 22 games this season. … In the second half, Denver had 10 fewer points (58-48) and shot 11.2 percent less (58.3-47.1) from the field. … Former Midwest City High School standout Shelden Williams did not play for the Nuggets. His wife, women's basketball great Candace Parker, attended the game. … The Thunder has climbed to No. 7 in the league in scoring (103.9), but remains dead last in 3-point percentage (.322).

QUOTABLE

The Thunder, which leads the league in free-throw percentage (.844), attempted (972) and made (820), went 30 for 35 at the line against Denver. “I thought one of (our) game plans was to not foul.” – Nuggets coach George Karl.