It’s been 38 days since the Thunder has won a game in the Ford Center. Riding a 10-game home losing streak, the drought will last at least 44 days. Oklahoma City’s next home game isn’t until Tuesday against the Los Angeles Clippers.
"This is tough,” said Kevin Durant. "We were up by (21), and they made that run to get back in it. It’s frustrating. We work so hard in practice, and we wanted this win so bad. But we can’t get down.”
ONE BAD QUARTERPlayers and coaches talk of playing a full 48 minutes, but the Thunder has been plagued by one bad quarter. This time, it was the fourth quarter. After getting off to a rare fast start, the Thunder was outscored 32-19 in the fourth quarter. The Grizzlies shot 70.6 percent (12-of-17) the final period. "We didn’t get stops in the fourth quarter,” said Thunder interim coach Scott Brooks. "We’ve talked about that and stressed the past couple of days in practice and shoot-around, it’s so important to lock down (defensively), especially in the fourth quarter.”
BIG PICTURE PERSPECTIVEThe frustration from having lost 19 of their last 20 games was evident on players’ faces after the game. "The only way to attack it is to go through it,” Brooks said. "There’s no way you can let it stop you from where you want to go.