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Westbrook showing defensive skills


Westbrook showing defensive skills Much like Thabo Sefolosha's stat lines never tell the entire story, Russell Westbrook had a solid all-around game in Friday's win. Westbrook scored 20 points with seven assists but also helped limit Bucks rookie Brandon Jennings to 12 points on 3-of-11 shooting.

"He did a phenomenal job on Jennings," said Kevin Durant. "There were a couple of times he beat him off the dribble to the middle and Russell did a great job recovering and blocked shots. That's what we need from him every night. He had a great game."

OLLIE ON WILKS

Kevin Ollie and Mike Wilks have the same agent and same accountants. Ollie said Wilks, a 30-year-old veteran who was signed Wednesday, can fill a void left by a sudden rash of point guard injuries.

"That's my buddy," Ollie said. "He's a very intelligent player with a high IQ. Mike won't have any problems coming in and picking up our offense. Nothing is too complicated, especially with him being in (eight) organizations. It's probably terminology as much as anything else."

PROTECT THIS HOUSE

Durant said a win to open a five-game homestand was a good start but it's equally important to continue that momentum the next two weeks.

"We have to protect our house," Durant said. "We went through a tough test on the road. I think we did decent. We could have done a lot better. But home is where we have to protect. We have to come out every day and get better. (Saturday) was a big day for us to get in a good practice to get ready for Houston."

SCOUTING HOUSTON

The Rockets are a team that many picked as a franchise in decline this season because it was without injured stars Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady and lost Ron Artest to free agency. But Houston has become one of the early surprises, entering tonight's game with an 8-8 record. Most surprising is Houston has only one healthy player who is listed at taller than 6-9. The Rockets' starting center, Chuck Hayes, is 6-6.

"They're not the conventional team so people have trouble maybe with giving them respect," said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. "But they bring effort every night. Those guys play with a chip on their shoulders."

The Rockets beat the Thunder 105-94 at the Toyota Center on Nov. 6, a game that saw only Westbrook and Durant score in double figures for the Thunder .

"They're a tough team," Brooks said. "They play a very physical brand of Basketball....We have to be able to handle their toughness.

"We didn't play well (in the first game). That wasn't one of our better games. Even though we still had a chance going into the last five or six minutes, we did not play well. So we have to do a better job of just matching their physicality."


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