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.”