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Thunder notes: Nick Collison donates to Special Care; Team arrives late

BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, Modified: January 19, 2011 at 11:19 pm •  Published: January 19, 2011


Westbrook has now been named Western Conference Player of the Week three times in the first 12 weeks of the season, a feat that has Brooks shaking his head.

“Do you realize how amazing that is?” Brooks asked.

Brooks said what makes it particularly impressive is Westbrook's accomplishments have come with him maintaining a team-first attitude and disregarding personal statistics.

“That's true,” Westbrook said with a nod. “Wins matter most.”

Westbrook took a substantial first step toward potentially his fourth award, beginning this week with 32 points, 12 assists, five rebounds and two assists against the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night.


Wednesday's game against the Thunder marked the halfway point of the season for the Nuggets, who entered with a 23-17 record.

Billups said the first half of the season flew by, but Denver coach George Karl said he didn't feel the same way, particularly given all the rumors and uncertainty surrounding forward Carmelo Anthony being traded.

“It's been fast,” Karl said, “but it's probably been too dramatic for me, too much emotion. I'd rather be more boring and consistent and successful. I think our guys are still hanging in there, doing a good job.”


“That team is going to be intact for a long time. They're not going anywhere, and they're going to be really good for a long time with the young talent they have. There is a lot to like about that team. They have a lot of young talent. They play extremely hard. They have a young coach who's a very likable guy, too.” — Billups on the Thunder's future

Box score: Thunder vs. Nuggets


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