OKC Thunder: Thunder has something to prove during road trip

Oklahoma City is only 3-3 on the road this season — and all three wins came against mediocre competition.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: December 2, 2013
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Kevin Durant barely enjoyed the Thunder running the table on its recent six-game home stand.

He had already turned the page before departing the locker room following Sunday night's win over Minnesota.

“We knew it was going to be one of the tougher stretches we had here in a while, and we didn't try to look too far down the line,” Durant said. “It's very fortunate that we were able to be home for almost two weeks and try to protect our home floor. It was a good stretch, and it's time to take it on the road.”

Five of the Thunder's next six will be played away from Chesapeake Energy Arena, starting with Tuesday's game at Sacramento. After bumping its league-best home record to 9-0, the Thunder will now get a chance to display exactly how dominant it is with the upcoming road test.

Last year's Thunder went 26-15 on the road, securing the best road mark in the Western Conference and the second best league-wide behind only Miami.

But this year is different.

This is a new team, with new players.

So far, the Thunder is 3-3 on the road, and each of the team's games against quality competition has ended in defeat.

OKC's three road wins have come against Utah, Detroit and Milwaukee, teams with a combined record of 13-38. The three losses have come at Staples Center against the Los Angeles Clippers, at Golden State and at Minnesota, teams that have a combined record of 31-24.

In its six road games, the Thunder also has seen a sizable drop off in scoring, field-goal percentage, 3-point percentage, rebounding and assists while turning it over slightly more.

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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