Thunder notebook: Russell Westbrook joins elite company

BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: March 11, 2011

*With 6:04 left in the third quarter, Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook scored his 4,000th career point to join Oscar Robertson, LeBron James, Chris Paul and Anfernee Hardaway as the only players in NBA history to have 4,000 points, 1,500 assists and 1,000 rebounds in their first three seasons.

*Westbrook, who is seventh in the league in free-throw attempts this season, didn't shoot his first free throw until 43.4 seconds remained in the game, and it came on an intentional foul. He finished with 13 points and 11 assists, good for his 30th double-double of the season.

*Kevin Durant missed six of his first seven shots from the field but finished by making five of his last six. Durant filled the stat sheet with 24 points, nine rebounds, five assists and three steals.

* Thunder players spread the shots amongst themselves. Westbrook had the most shot attempts with 14. That's the lowest single-game total for OKC's shot leader since Durant, Westbrook and Jeff Green each had 13 attempts at Charlotte on Dec. 21. Guard James Harden was 7 for 11 off the bench.

*Former Thunder forward D.J. White helped out his old team Friday night as Charlotte cooled off Portland with a 97-92 victory. White had 16 points (6 for 9), nine rebounds (five offensive), two blocks and two steals in 28 minutes. The Bobcats were plus-17 when White was in the game.

*Detroit had a long starting lineup with 6-foot-11 center Greg Monroe, 6-foot-10 center Chris Wilcox, 6-foot-9 Tayshaun Prince, 6-foot-8 Tracy McGrady and 6-foot-3 Ben Gordon, with McGrady starting at point guard.

The Pistons entered the game ranked last in the league in rebounding at 38.4 per game. The Thunder was outrebounded 12-6 in the first quarter and 38-34 for the game.

*It's been a tumultuous season in Detroit, which in addition to some serious attitude problems also has used 16 different starting lineups. Friday's lineup is now 0-4. The Pistons also have lost 189 games to injuries, led by Jonas Jerebko (ruptured right Achilles) and Terrico White (broken right foot), who have missed all 66 games.

Friday's box score

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