Thunder reserve center Cole Aldrich rejoined the team Wednesday after missing Tuesday's contest at Memphis to visit his ailing grandfather in Minnesota.
"He's not doing very well," Aldrich said of his father's 83-year-old father. "I was satisfied with going home and seeing him, spending as much time as I could with him. It's one of those hard things you go through and basketball helps get it off your mind."
The Thunder has Thursday off and will practice at 11 a.m. Friday in preparation for their lone game this season against New York at 7 p.m. on Saturday inside Chesapeake Energy Arena. That is followed by a three-game road trip that is spread over six days — Boston (Monday), Washington (Wednesday) and New Jersey (Jan. 21).
The Thunder has played 12 games in the first 18 days of the season, but OKC's next back-to-back won't be until Feb. 6-7. … With Philadelphia's loss at New York and the Los Angeles Lakers winning in overtime at Utah on Wednesday night, the Thunder has the league's longest active winning streak at five. … Kevin Durant's streak of 24 made free throws ended with a first-quarter miss. A career 87.9-percent free-throw shooter entering the game, Durant is shooting just 79.8 percent (71 for 89) this season. … OKC entered the game leading the league in free-throw shooting at 81.0 percent, but shot just 69.2 percent (18 for 26) from the line Wednesday. … New Orleans (3-7) is now 0-7 when the opposing team scores 90-plus points.
"They have three All-Stars. I think (James) Harden is an All-Star right now." — Williams on OKC