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A Thunder first — a real streak

By John Rohde Modified: March 5, 2009 at 1:45 pm •  Published: March 5, 2009
It took 61 games, but the Oklahoma City Thunder finally has itself a winning streak.

Three previous times this year, the Thunder had won two consecutive games, but it could never count to three.

In big-time sports vernacular, two straight victories do not a winning streak make.

Thunder television play-by-play man Brian Davis calls two straight wins “a nice little run.”

The Thunder finally hit the trifecta with an 88-83 victory Wednesday night over the Washington Wizards inside the Ford Center.

Sure, the Wizards stink, but it still counts.

Given the Thunder’s current health status, you’re darn right it counts.

Wednesday was a showdown between the only two NBA teams without a three-game winning streak this season.

With starters Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler, DeShawn Stevenson, Brendan Haywood, Kevin Durant, Jeff Green and Desmond Mason out with injuries for both teams, this one was a bit of an eye-sore.

This was a night you needed a roster for both teams. You wondered who the players were and from whence they came.

While the Thunder started little-known Kyle Weaver and Thabo Sefolosha, the Wizards countered with Andray Blatche, Darius Songaila and Dominic McGuire.

(A free car wash to anyone able to name their places of origin.)

The Thunder used the same starting lineup to beat the 14-46 Wizards that it used to beat the 36-23 Dallas Mavericks two nights earlier in the Ford Center.

Ask Thunder coach Scott Brooks to explain a win, any win, and he’ll relentlessly use the word “effort.”

Ask him to explain a loss, any loss, and he’ll use the word again.

“You can never be satisfied with your effort,” Brooks said. “I think when you do that you have a tendency to relax.”

Brooks preaches the effort must remain constant, whether Durant, Green and Mason are in the lineup or in street clothes.

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