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February success has OKC in the hunt

BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, Modified: March 2, 2010 at 5:42 am •  Published: March 2, 2010

The Thunder finishing 9-2 in February isn’t close to the best streak of Nick Collison’s career.

Collison was 74-1 at Iowa Falls. He closed out his high school career on a 52-game winning streak, highlighted by back-to-back state titles.

"The competition here (in the NBA) is a little better than the North Central Conference,” Collison said, laughing. "It’s been a good run, especially when you compare it to where we’ve been the past two years.”

The past two seasons, the Sonics (20-62) and Thunder (23-59) were out of the playoff race before the All-Star break.

Posting their third consecutive winning month, the Thunder, 11-2 in their last 13 games, not only is in the race, but most analysts consider them to be a playoff lock. With six weeks left in the regular season, the big question might be where Oklahoma City will be seeded.

"We’re trying not to think about it too much,” said Collison, the only player left from the roster general manager Sam Presti inherited three years ago in Seattle. "We’re just trying to keep it going. But it’s a lot of fun.”

Two winning streaks have been sparked Oklahoma City’s run:

A win Dec. 23 at Phoenix sparked a five-game winning streak that put the Thunder above .500 to stay.

A nine-game winning streak, seven of the wins coming in February, was the catalyst to OKC putting itself in position to make the playoffs.

Thunder vs. Kings
→When: 7 tonight

→Where: Ford Center

→TV: FS Oklahoma (Cox 37)

→Radio: WWLS 98.1-FM, WWLS 640-AM.

2009-10 Thunder record by month
October................ 2-0
November.............. 7-8
December.............. 9-6
January................... 8-7
February................ 9-2


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