By Mike Baldwin Modified: November 18, 2008 at 11:06 am •  Published: November 18, 2008
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The Thunder is the NBA’s version of Groundhog Day.

Another lengthy drought. Another huge deficit. Another loss.

And until it changes, the losses will continue to mount.

The streak extended to eight Monday following a 100-89 loss to Houston at the Ford Center.

Oklahoma City matched the Rockets bucket for bucket most of the first half. But another lengthy drought, this time to start the second half, was the key sequence.

"We’re always in the game and for five or six minutes then we kind of black out,” said Kevin Durant. "Teams get on a run. We can’t hit a shot and it opens the game up for them.”

Down 52-50 late in the first half, the Thunder settled for jumpers, didn’t get out in transition and opened the second half 1-of-11 from the field. Just like that, Houston led by 19 points.

"We’ve got to put two halves together,” said Jeff Green. "It’s that five- or six-minute stretch they take off and get that 20-point lead. We’ve just got to find a way to learn from our mistakes and correct them.”

Calling it a first step towards ending the losing streak, coach P.J. Carlesimo was encouraged.

"We played many more good minutes tonight than we did in New York or Philadelphia,” Carlesimo said. "It’s a good sign. But it’s a very short step.”



ROCKETS 100, THUNDER 89

HOUSTON

FG FT Reb
Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS
Totals 240:00 42-83 15-16 14-48 18 20 100
Artest 38:23 7-15 3-3 2-11 3 4 17
Scola 34:06 10-20 3-3 3-9 2 3 23
Yao 33:07 7-8 5-6 5-12 2 4 19
McGrady 17:39 4-6 0-0 0-1 2 2 8
Alston 31:13 6-13 0-0 0-3 3 1 13
Barry 17:40 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 3 0
Brooks 20:16 2-5 4-4 0-0 4 1 8
Landry 12:04 2-4 0-0 0-1 0 1 4
Hayes 16:43 2-5 0-0 4-6 1 1 4
Wafer 18:49 2-6 0-0 0-4 1 0 4
Percentages: FG .506, FT .938. 3-Point Goals: 1-8, .125 (Alston 1-3, Artest 0-1, Barry 0-1, Brooks 0-1, McGrady 0-1, Wafer 0-1). Team Rebounds: 5. Team Turnovers: 17 (16 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Yao 3, Artest). Turnovers: 16 (Artest 4, Yao 4, Brooks 3, Alston 2, Barry, Hayes, Scola). Steals: 8 (Artest 2, Alston, Barry, Brooks, McGrady, Scola, Wafer). Technical Fouls: Defensive three second, 5:58 third;Defensive three second, 10:02 fourth.

OKLAHOMA CITY

FG FT Reb
Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS
Totals 240:01 34-84 18-27 14-39 16 18 89
Green 40:54 5-14 4-6 1-5 1 2 16
Collison 24:41 2-4 0-0 1-3 1 2 4
Swift 25:01 3-6 0-0 4-8 2 3 6
Durant 38:15 13-23 2-3 0-7 4 1 29
Watson 25:06 1-6 1-2 0-0 4 2 3
Petro 19:30 1-6 0-2 5-8 0 2 2
Smith 23:19 4-7 2-3 2-5 0 0 10
Westbrk 28:03 5-14 4-6 1-2 2 3 14
Wilkins 15:12 0-4 5-5 0-1 2 3 5
Percentages: FG .405, FT .667. 3-Point Goals: 3-8, .375 (Green 2-3, Durant 1-2, Westbrook 0-3). Team Rebounds: 9. Team Turnovers: 13 (16 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Swift 2, Green, Smith). Turnovers: 12 (Durant 4, Watson 3, Westbrook 3, Collison, Wilkins). Steals: 10 (Westbrook 5, Durant 4, Wilkins). Technical Fouls: None.

Houston 32 24 25 19 100
Oklahoma City 30 20 19 20 89
A—18,145 (19,136). T—2:11.

Officials—Bill Spooner, Bill Kennedy, Derek Richardson.

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