Since Brooks made Westbrook a starter on Nov. 29, 2008, at Memphis, the Thunder had an overall record of 149-108 (.580) in Westbrook's 257 consecutive starts entering Wednesday night's game at Houston.
“Whatever it is we need to do to win, that's what I try to do at the time,” Westbrook said. “There's a lot of stuff I can do better at. I just try to do what he (Brooks) asks.”
The Thunder's next five games will be played inside Chesapeake Energy Arena … In a rare move, Brooks started the second quarter with Royal Ivey, who had appeared in only five games before Wednesday … One night after registering a career-high eight assists, rookie point guard Reggie Jackson recorded four assists against Houston … The Thunder finished with 22 turnovers, which led to 26 Rockets points. Brooks said before the game he would like to see his team stay around 14 turnovers … Former OU star and current Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was in attendance Wednesday … Kendrick Perkins was whistled for his 10th technical foul of the season when his arms locked up with Luis Scola's while challenging a shot through the whistle. It's likely that the technical foul will be rescinded. If not, Perkins will receive an automatic one-game suspension after three more technical fouls … Westbrook was also called for a technical foul with 1:57 left to play. He got a double technical with Rockets center Samuel Dalembert.
TNT analyst Steve Kerr on what the Thunder needs to improve upon: “OKC is the best team in the West. I worry about fourth quarter execution. They are a little bit like Miami West. They overwhelm you with talent and the ability to beat you off the dribble. But in the playoffs, can they execute when a team stays in front of them and slows the game down? Can they get easy baskets? They are the most talented team, so we'll see.”Wednesday's bo score: Rockets 96, Thunder 95