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Thunder whips Jazz; Scott Brooks will coach Western Conference All-Star Team

The coach with the highest winning percentage through games on Feb. 15 gets to coach his conference. The Thunder is now 21-6 (.777) and could finish no worse than 21-8 (.724)
BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: February 11, 2012
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The Thunder was scheduled to arrive back home around 4 a.m. Saturday and does not play again until it faces Utah (13-12) again on Tuesday, its longest space between games all season.

OKC continues to excel as one of the premier bounce-back teams in the league. The Thunder is 5-1 after a loss this season and 25-7 the last two seasons.

"It means we don't like losing – at all," Thunder center Kendrick Perkins said. "So be greedy and win. That's how I feel, just be greedy. Try to win them all. Last night (at Sacramento) just wasn't us. Tonight we came out we played good ball. We played well."

After committing 23 turnovers at Sacramento that led to 28 points for the Kings, the Thunder unfortunately picked up where it left off with seven first-quarter turnovers against the Jazz that resulted in a 30-27 lead for Utah after the first period.

In the final three quarters, however, OKC committed 10 turnovers and collected 10 steals while outscoring the Jazz 74-57.

"Tonight was a good indication of how we play," Brooks said. "We didn't have a lot of stuff going for us early. We were turning the ball over, but we fought, we stuck together and we competed."

In a rare display of balanced scoring, five Thunder players found double-figures.

In addition to Westbrook, fellow All-Star Kevin Durant had 19 points and took just 10 shots.

Serge Ibaka, coming off a 10-block performance against the Kings, had 16 points on 10 field-goal attempts and added 11 rebounds.

James Harden had 11 points off the bench, which included a clutch 3-pointer with 4:46 remaining that re-established OKC's double-digit lead.

Perkins had his first double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds.