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News » Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2009-01-15

Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2009-01-15

Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2009-01-15
If you break the Thunder's season into thirds, as the Daily Oklahoman did in a recent analysis, it's possible to track improvement. Oklahoma City played 39 games going into Wednesday, making for 13-game blocks.

The first 13 games were played under former coach P.J. Carlesimo. The Thunder went 1-12, shot 40.4 percent and was outscored by 12.3 points per game. The numbers have steadily improved from there.

OKC was 1-12 in the next set under interim coach Scott Brooks, but the shooting percentage was up to 46.6 and the scoring deficit down to 7.5. The record improved to 4-9 in the latest set, shooting percentage was 45.2 and loss margin 4.3.

"We come in here, we work hard, we want to get better, we're hungry to get better," guard Desmond Mason said. "And I think everyone is starting to trust each other on the defensive end of the floor, which is a huge thing.

"I think early in the season I don't think guys had a lot of trust in each other, so now we're a better team than that. Again, we're just playing better basketball."

THUNDER 114, JAZZ 93: Oklahoma City had three players score at least 21 points in claiming an impressive home victory Wednesday night over Utah. The Thunder improved to 7-33 and snapped Utah's four-game winning streak.

Jeff Green scored 23, Russell Westbrook had 22 and Kevin Durant 21 for the Thunder, which has won four of its last eight. Big men Nick Collison and Nenad Krstic both had double-doubles.

The Thunder pulled away in the third quarter by outscoring the Jazz 36-23. Deron Williams (25 points) led Utah, which has lost five straight on the road.

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