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News » Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2008-11-17

Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2008-11-17

Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2008-11-17
At least the Thunder waited until the second half before getting buried at Philadelphia. In a reversal of a season-long trend, Oklahoma City was actually competitive in the first half Saturday night despite being on the road in the second half of a back-to-back.

The Sixers led by just four points at the break before blowing the game open in the third quarter with a 23-8 run. In three of the previous five games, the Thunder trailed big early before mounting a late charge.

"I don't know what's going on," Kevin Durant said. "I wish I could tell you. We just got to come out with that defensive mind-set and we'll be OK."

That was done against Philly, which had just 46 points in the first half. The Thunder trailed by 27 points in the second half, mirroring similar deficits against Utah, Orlando and New York.

"To me, getting down 30 points and having to fight back is just embarrassing," Desmond Mason said. "It's embarrassing to do that at home with the type of crowd we have, and it's definitely embarrassing to do that on the road."

SIXERS 110, THUNDER 85: Oklahoma City suffered its worst loss of the season Saturday night at Philadelphia and also dropped to 0-5 on the road. The Thunder's 1-9 record after 10 games is the exact start the franchise had en route to a 20-62 mark last season.

Thaddeus Young scored 23 points as the Sixers pulled away in the third quarter to improve to 5-5. Jeff Green scored 21 points and Kevin Durant added 13 for Oklahoma City, which has lost seven straight.

Thunder rookie Russell Westbrook had 13 points, and Johan Petro grabbed 12 rebounds off the bench. Oklahoma City scored just 33 points in the second half and shot 39.5 percent for the game.

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