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News » Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2008-11-15

Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2008-11-15

Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2008-11-15
Playing from behind is not the recipe for winning. The Thunder have trailed by at least 10 points after the first quarter in four games this season, including Friday night's loss to New York.

"It's encouraging we get back into games, but we can't keep digging holes," P.J. Carlesimo.

The deficit has actually exceeded 10 points in the first quarter six times. The Thunder actually trailed Utah and Orlando by more than 30 at one point in the game before making runs that ultimately proved futile.

Oklahoma City's defense has shown improvement compared to last season, but scoring has been a problem. The team entered Friday last in the league in field-goal percentage.

"Besides the way we start games sometimes, the energy to get back into games, I like that," veteran forward Joe Smith said. "But we have to do it from start to finish. We can't wait until we get down 15 to 20 points. We have to stick with it and get the necessary stops and put the ball in the hole early on."

KNICKS 116, THUNDER 106: Kevin Durant came back from a one-game absence with 23 points, but it wasn't nearly enough in New York. Jamal Crawford and Zach Randolph each scored 29 points for the Knicks, who were in danger of blowing a 30-point lead before holding on. The Thunder dropped their sixth straight and fell to 1-8. Russell Westbrook scored a season-high 19 to go along with 10 rebounds and six assists. Starting forwards Jeff Green (16 points) and Nick Collison (14) combined for 30 points.

In a continuing trend, the Thunder found itself down big early. The Knicks led by 17 points after the first quarter and 24 at the half. The Thunder tried to make a game of it late, but the mountain proved too high to climb.

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