But in other ways, it was discouraging.
Through 10 games, the Thunder has seven wins. But none have come in dominant fashion.
The defense shows up, the offense disappears. The offense shows up, the defense disappears.
“We can't continue to do that and put pressure on ourselves,” Russell Westbrook said of the inconsistency. “Most of that is my fault. We got to start the game a lot better.”
It might not be hurting them much now, with the on/off switch flipping to the correct side just in the nick of time.
But come late in the season, playoff-time, OKC won't be able to get away with it.
“I think we just have to have more urgency on both ends,” Nick Collison said. “It has to be more of a priority. Just consistency of our effort and our concentration. (But) it's November. We have a lot of time left in the season.”