Thunder notebook: Russell Westbrook joins elite company

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

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.

THIS IS CNN

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).

BRIEFLY

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.

QUOTABLE

“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

Friday's box score

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