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Cavs 102, Thunder 91: Thunder makes progress

BY MIKE BALDWIN Modified: December 22, 2008 at 9:10 am •  Published: December 22, 2008
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"One day, that’s the (type of team) we want to be,” Brooks said. "We are making progress. I liked a lot of things we did we did tonight.”

Cleveland is one of the league’s hottest teams heading into the holidays. The Cavs are 14-1 the last month and recently had a streak of nine consecutive wins of 12 or more points. That’s another reason an 11-point loss can be viewed as progress.

"They embarrassed us the first game,” said Kevin Durant. "Tonight, we came out and played hard all the way through. They just made key plays. That’s why they’re a great team. When they make a run, we have to make a run right back at them.”

Oklahoma City is 3-25, the worst record in the NBA, but James and the Cavs noticed the improvement since the first meeting.

"The athleticism they have is hard to match, and that alone will win them some ball games,” said Cleveland coach Mike Brown. "Because they are young and have won a couple of games and have been close in a couple, their confidence is going to start to grow.”

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