That night also was one of only 10 games this season when rookie sensation Blake Griffin did not finish with a double-double (18 points; nine rebounds).
It wound up being the only victory in the first 14 games for the Clippers, who have gone 20-22 since their 1-13 start.
“They've changed their whole season around,” Thunder veteran forward Nick Collison said. “You can almost throw that (first) game out the window. They'll be a difficult team to play. They have a lot of athleticism.”
The Thunder also has changed since its 3-3 start.
“We're a lot better now,” OKC forward Jeff Green said. “We had our mental lapses around that portion of the season.”
Brooks agreed with Green and added, “We're a much better team, but I think they are, too.”