*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.
By comparison, the Thunder has used eight different starting lineups and lost 43 games to injury – 12 of those missed games have come from newly acquired center Kendrick Perkins and guard Nate Robinson.
*Kevin Cronin of the rock band REO Speedwagon was in attendance to watch the Thunder play Motown.
* Good teamwork by both teams. The Thunder had 25 assists on 36 field goals. The Pistons had 24 assists on 38 field goals.
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CNN did not air its special segment on the Thunder on Friday due to earthquake and tsunami coverage. When the segment does appear, it will likely be shown on CNNI (CNN International).
Friday's crowd of 18,203 inside Oklahoma City Arena was the 26th sellout in 32 home games this season. … The Thunder is 18-6 overall and 10-2 at home against Eastern Conference teams. … OKC is in the midst of a seven-game stretch against nothing but East teams, which will be followed by 12 straight against the West before ending the season at home against Milwaukee. … Both teams shot exactly the same in the first half at 52.6 percent (20 for 38). … The Thunder shot 50.0 for the game and is now 18-3 when shooting 50 percent or better. … The Thunder is off today and will fly to Cleveland at 1 p.m.
“Harden is just one of those assassins that doesn't need much of a chance to knock it down. He made some big shots – long shots, too.” – Detroit coach John Kuester