Thunder’s home slump continues

BY MIKE BALDWIN Modified: December 9, 2008 at 1:50 pm •  Published: December 9, 2008
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Home isn’t so sweet.

The Thunder hasn’t won in the Ford Center in more a month after Golden State ended its losing streak with a 112-102 victory Monday night.

"We have to somehow find a way to improve and learn from these tough losses,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. "It’s not always going to be tough. Nothing is. Ever. But it is tough right now. It’s tough on all of us. It’s tough on me. It’s tough on our players. It’s tough on our fans.”

It’s been 36 days since Oklahoma City defeated Minnesota in the Ford Center.

Up next is Memphis, the team the Thunder ended a 14-game overall losing streak against 10 days ago. Can the Grizzlies also be the team to end the home slide?

"We want to get wins, and we really don’t care where they’re at,” said Nick Collison, who posted a double-double. "But that being said, we really appreciate how great the fans have been. It would be great to give them something more to cheer about.”

There was little to cheer about the first half Monday night, arguably Oklahoma City’s worst half of the season.

That’s saying something for a team that’s 2-20.

Golden State shot 61.0 percent the first half against the Thunder’s shoddy defense.

In contrast, Oklahoma City shot 39.1 percent with 15 turnovers.

"It’s been a difficult season,” Collison said. "We have enough ability to be doing better than this. We can talk about it all we want. But until we do it it’s going to be frustrating.”

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