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Thunder notebook: TNT adds to Thunder's challenge

Former Sacramento Kings great Chris Webber introduced to sellout crowd between the first and second quarters.
BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, Published: February 9, 2012


After a timeout midway through the first quarter, Kevin Durant noticed former NBA great and current Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson seated in the front row. They quickly shared a hug. … Eight OKC turnovers in the first quarter resulted in seven points for the Kings. Sacramento also had five second-chance points in the period, yet the Thunder trailed by just 23-19. … Seated on press row was Bob Condotta from the Seattle Times. … All 10 players who played for the Kings in the first half scored at least three points.


OKC coach Scott Brooks, who was raised roughly an hour to the south in Lathrop, Calif., receives an onslaught of ticket requests whenever the Thunder plays at Golden State or at Sacramento.

Thursday's game drew “40-some” requests. One fan was Brooks' 79-year-old mother, Lee.

Brooks spent Wednesday afternoon with his mother. “It was a great time,” he said.


Thunder guard James Harden, to on Tuesday if he thought he should be an All-Star reserve: “Oh yeah, definitely — yes, sir. I'm not confident, though. I can't control that. I'll just keep playing hard, winning basketball games and having fun with my guys.”


Brooks, reacting to Harden's non-selection on Thursday: “It's such a special, select group. It's 12 guys (per conference). There are always guys that will not make it and you can really argue for them, and I think James is definitely one of them. He's helped us build this team to a good early start with his play. He does everything."


Kings center DeMarcus Cousins hit his first four shots of the game but also drew his third personal foul with 3:23 left in the first period. Inexplicably, he remained in the game for three more possessions before he was able to leave the game with a stoppage in play with 2:29 left.

Credit the Thunder for quickly inbounding the ball after Cousins' third foul. However, why Kings coach Keith Smart left Cousins in the game after getting his second foul was uncertain. Cousins didn't play again until he started the second half.