The Thunder may be on a streak of six straight games of scoring 100 points or more, but its identity always starts on the defensive end.
A capacity crowd at Chesapeake Energy Arena is 18,203, and certainly the full house at Ranchwood Nursing Center in Yukon couldn't match a game night in numbers. But the crowd of residents, staff and families on Tuesday showed no less enthusiasm than an arena full of fans as the Thunder visited the facility to celebrate the team's 1,000th player appearance in the community.
Over the past five years, the Thunder has made exactly 1000 player appearances into the Oklahoma City community, but each event, including the one on Tuesday with Kevin Martin at Buchanan Elementary School in Oklahoma City, prove to be different, exciting and special in its own way.
On one occasion in last night’s 114-69 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats, Kevin Durant posted up on the block, read the double-team coming his way and hit Kendrick Perkins with a pass in the lane. The big man squared to the basket, turned and fired a perfect diagonal pass into the corner to Thabo Sefolosha, who drained a three-pointer.