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No news on Krstic
The New Jersey Nets had until midnight Monday to match the Thunder's three-year, $15.6 million offer for Nenad Krstic. Since the Nets don't have to turn in an official document to NBA officials, it was still uncertain late Monday night whether Krstic officially is on the roster. But all signs pointed to the 7-foot center heading to Oklahoma City.

Nets general manager Kiki Vandeweghe all but confirmed the Nets wouldn't match the offer on Monday night when he said, "you've got to allocate your assets correctly" and then praised four young Nets inside players.

The 24th overall selection in the 2002 draft, Krstic, 25, was playing in Russia but bought his way out of his contract. With rookie Brook Lopez playing well, and the Nets trying to clear salary cap space, the Thunder could have Krstic on the roster as soon as today.


Kevin Durant finished with 18 points, ending his streak of consecutive 22-point games at 10. Durant was 5-of-17 from the field, including 0-of-5 on 3-pointers. Durant, though, was 8-of-10 at the line. Grant Hill and the Suns did a solid job making Durant work for open shots.


The Thunder led most of the first half, but Phoenix outscored Oklahoma City 14-2 to end the first half to lead 60-55 at halftime. After trailing by 12 points, the Thunder clawed to within 89-86 late in the third quarter before a disastrous start to the fourth quarter all but sealed their 29th loss of the season.

Oklahoma City was scoreless the first five minutes of the fourth quarter. The Thunder was 0-of-5 from the field with four turnovers before Jeff Green ended the drought with a put-back basket with 6:51 remaining. The Suns scored 20 points of 15 OKC turnovers.

"We gave ourselves a chance going into the fourth quarter, but we didn't do a good job of taking care of the Basketball," said coach Scott Brooks. "Live-ball turnovers are tough to overcome in the fourth quarter."


Thunder forward Nick Collison, who leads the team in rebounding (6.0), returned after missing three games with a fractured left thumb heavily taped with thick plastic. But Collison played only four minutes when it was apparent he couldn't grab a rebound. Joe Smith (knee contusion) did not suit out but expects to play on Wednesday.


The sellout crowd was the Thunder's sixth this season. ... Rookie guard Kyle Weaver continues to be part of the rotation while veteran Damien Wilkins sits the bench. ... Smith was replaced in the starting lineup by center Robert Swift, who returned last week after missing a month with back spasms. ... Major Ed Pulido, who spent 19 years in the U.S. Army and lost his leg in combat in Iraq in 2004, was presented the December Community Hero award.

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