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by Darnell Mayberry Published: March 14, 2011


Thunder guard Daequan Cook scored 18 points in 19 minutes off the bench against the Wizards, making six of nine shots, all from 3-point range. Cook made six of his first seven 3-pointers, benefiting from the team's exceptional ball movement.

The Thunder tallied 30 assists, one shy of its season high, which was set on Dec. 29 against New Jersey.

“I thought we did a good job of moving the ball and making the extra pass,” said Brooks. “Kevin (Durant) and D.C. were shooting the ball well, but it was because we were making good passes … We had a few hot hands and it made the game easier for us.”


Monday was the first time in 12 games that backup point guard Eric Maynor had more than one turnover in one game. Maynor finished with nine assists against three turnovers in 21 minutes.

Over the past 12 games, Maynor has dished out 52 assists and has had only nine turnovers.

“I always try to take care of the basketball, just being at the position I play,” Maynor said. “And we try to take care of the basketball as a team. I think I've been doing a good job of that and trying to get guys shots. That's a big key for a point guard … I think when you try to do too much, that's when you turn the ball over.”


Sunday's 20-point win at Cleveland, coupled with Monday's 27-point win over the Wizards, marked the first time since Feb. 3, 1995 and Feb 5, 1995 that the Thunder franchise has won back-to-back road games by at least 20 points.

With seven blocks against the Cavs and another eight against the Wizards, Thunder forward Ibaka also became the franchise's first player to block 15 shots in two games since Alton Lister, who registered a combined 16 blocks on March 13, 1989 and March 14, 1989.

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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