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News » Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2008-11-19

Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2008-11-19

Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2008-11-19
The Thunder responded to its biggest loss of the season -- a

25-point setback Saturday at Philadelphia -- with a players-only

meeting. They came away from the gathering feeling it made a difference.

"A lot of teams find different ways to kind of separate," Joe

Smith said. "But we realize that right now, since it's early, it's

about us and what we do out there on the floor. We can't keep looking

elsewhere for support and help. We've got to find a way to do it

together out there on the floor."

Defense, a relative strength earlier in the season, had become a

real problem recently. After allowing 93.5 points through six games,

the Thunder was torched for 108.4 points in the last five.

Not coincidentally, the Thunder is limping along with an

eight-game losing streak going into its home game Wednesday against

another struggling team, the Los Angeles Clippers. The Thunder (1-10)

is the only team in the NBA with double-figure losses.

"It's going to take some time, but we're going to pull it

together," Jeff Green said. "We're just going through some pain right

now, but I feel like it's going to turn around soon and we're going to

start getting on this win streak soon. We just got to continue to stay

focused and stay positive and continue to play as a team."

ROCKETS 100, THUNDER 89: Houston pulled away even though it was

without Tracy McGrady for much of the second half, and the Thunder put

up little resistance in falling at home and losing its eighth straight


McGrady left in the opening minute of the third quarter after

aggravating his left knee, but the Rockets still went on a 14-3 run

behind Luis Scola and Yao Ming to push their lead to 19. The Thunder

managed to get within 82-74 early in the fourth before running out of


Kevin Durant scored 29 points to pace the Thunder. Jeff Green

added 16 and Russell Westbrook had 14. This is the 10th time in

franchise history that the Thunder (formally the Sonics) has lost at

least eight in a row.

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