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News » Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2008-11-25

Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2008-11-25

Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2008-11-25
The Thunder's 1-12 start, which included a series of blowouts, cost P.J. Carlesimo his job after Friday night's 25-point home loss to New Orleans. General manager Sam Presti, making the first coaching change of his short career, replaced Carlesimo with interim coach Scott Brooks.

"This was a very difficult decision to make," Presti said of the NBA's first coaching move of the season. "It is one that I felt was necessary at this time."

The Thunder also fired assistant Paul Westhead.

Brooks, a former NBA point guard who played 11 seasons, made his debut Saturday night with a loss at New Orleans. Oklahoma City has lost 11 straight overall, with the first 10 coming under Carlesimo's watch.

Carlesimo inherited a team that traded stars Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis and went into a rebuilding mode. The Thunder, built around Kevin Durant, didn't appear to be making any progress.

The final straw may have been Wednesday's 20-point home loss to the one-win Clippers. Oklahoma City had a 15-point lead at one point that night.

"We have to get better no matter who the coach is," Durant said. "To start off like we did my first year and now this year is tough to deal with. If we continue to work hard, things will start to turn around for us."

HORNETS 109, THUNDER 97: The Scott Brooks era got off to a losing start, but Oklahoma City did put more of a fight in the rematch Saturday night in New Orleans. After losing to the Hornets by 25 the previous night in OKC, the Thunder were only down five midway through the fourth quarter.

"We shared the ball a lot better tonight, and we played with a lot more energy," Brooks said. "Our guys are tired right now, and it's a good tired. They played with the kind of energy our fans can be proud of. This was a tough day, with the team in some tough circumstances, and they came to play and leave it on the court."

Kevin Durant topped Oklahoma City with 30 points on 11-of-16 shooting. Jeff Green scored 17 points, and Chris Wilcox added 14 points.

Hornets forward David West led all scorers with 33 points. Chris Paul had a triple-double -- 29 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds.

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