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News » Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2009-02-03


Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2009-02-03


Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2009-02-03
After a breakthrough January, the Thunder got off to a rough start in February with Sunday's loss at Sacramento. The rest of the month figures to only get tougher.

The 12 games in February are all against teams in the Western Conference. Eight feature teams in the playoff hunt, including two games with both the Lakers and Blazers. Also on the schedule are the Hornets, Nuggets, Suns and Mavericks.

"This will be a test to see exactly where we're at," reserve center Chris Wilcox said. "It will show us how much we've improved and show us exactly what we need to work on. Hopefully we can pop a few of them, which would really boost our confidence."

Even with the current two-game skid, the team's confidence is at a high. After a 3-29 start, Oklahoma City is 8-8 overall. The Thunder went 7-7 in January, though the players know that winning at a comparable rate this month, considering the competition, won't be easy.

"We'll be going against some great teams, playoff teams," forward Kevin Durant said. "But if we continue to play like we played (in January) we'll be all right. We just take it one game at a time. Every game is a challenge for us. Every game is fun for us."

KINGS 122, THUNDER 118 (OT): Oklahoma City's three kids combined for their most prolific output of the season Sunday in what turned out to be one of the team's most exciting games. The outburst wasn't enough as birthday boy Kevin Martin led Sacramento to a hard-fought overtime win in Northern California.

Thunder rookie point guard Russell Westbrook torched the Kings for a career-high 34 points and eight assists. Kevin Durant nearly matched Westbrook with 33 points, while the third leg of the young tripod, Jeff Green, scored 28 and grabbed 13 rebounds.

They totaled 95 points. The other six OKC players who saw the court managed just 23, with no one scoring more than Nick Collison's 10. Martin paced the Kings with 37 points on his 26th birthday in a contest that was close throughout.


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: February 3, 2009

 

 
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