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News » Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2009-03-08

Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2009-03-08

Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2009-03-08
The Thunder went into Saturday with a season-long three-game winning streak. A look at the numbers explains the run of success -- the opponents shot 43.4 percent, and none of the three scored more than 92.

"Our foundation of this team going forward is defense," Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said. "We understand that if we compete on the defensive end, we're going to improve and we're going to get better as a team.

"We're not a team that's going to try to outrun teams. I know when we play these faster teams, we get caught up in their games, but we're going to have to continue to work on that and have some better understanding of who we're playing and how they play and just stick to how we want to play."

The three-game streak was preceded by a seven-game skid. Foes scored 114.4 points and shot better than 50 percent during that stretch. The winning formula is pretty obvious.

"We want to be a defensive team that's scoring off our defense," Brooks said. "We have some offensive talents. We don't want to restrict our guys, but we want to focus on defense and bust out after we get a stop."

HORNETS 108, THUNDER 90: Oklahoma City had its season-best three-game winning streak snapped Saturday night at surging New Orleans. The short-handed Thunder (16-46) are still without leading scorers Kevin Durant and Jeff Green.

Rookie point guard Russell Westbrook scored 24 points and added seven assists, while Damien Wilkins added 18 points. Kyle Weaver and Earl Watson had 13 and 12 points, respectively.

Three Hornets had at least 20 points, including Julian Wright, who was starting in place of injured Peja Stojakovic. New Orleans has won seven straight, and it swept the season series with Oklahoma City.

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