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News » Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2009-02-10

Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2009-02-10

Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2009-02-10
Scott Brooks coached against Sacramento on Sunday night. Had things gone as he hoped a couple of years ago, Brooks might have facing the Thunder.

The former Kings assistant, who grew up 50 miles south of Sacramento, was one of two finalists for head job before the 2007-08 season. Kings owners Joe and Gavin Maloof chose Reggie Theus instead, and Brooks moved on to Seattle.

"It would have been a great thrill for me to coach the Kings, but I'm not bitter at all," Brooks said. "The Maloofs are terrific owners. They gave me exposure, put me in a light that this guy is a potential head coach."

Brooks relocated to Oklahoma City with the franchise and took over as interim coach when P.J. Carlesimo was fired 13 games into the season. Brooks is grateful for the opportunity to coach the Thunder, and believes not coaching his "hometown" team turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

"Very rarely do you get the job the first go-round," Brooks said. "I'm thankful to the Kings for letting me get that process going."

THUNDER 116, KINGS 113: Oklahoma City raced out to a 19-point first-half lead before having to hold on in Sunday night's home victory. The Thunder (12-38) has won two straight to finish 2-1 on its last homestand before the All-Star break.

That record could have easily been 1-2 if the Kings hadn't botched the final few seconds. Oklahoma City missed a number of free throws in the closing seconds, but Sacramento didn't capitalize by misfiring badly on an open three-pointer and getting an ill-time technical.

Kevin Durant (39 points) led the Thunder, which also got 15 points each out of Jeff Green and Nick Collison. Three Kings scored at least 23. In a game not for defensive purists, both teams shot better than 50 percent.

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