OKC's regular-season series this year against Houston offered similar evidence.
The Thunder won the first two games by an average of 26 points and led the series finale by 14 points with seven minutes left, only to lose 122-119 at Toyota Center.
Former Rockets guard Kevin Martin, who was traded to OKC last October just five days before its season opener, on Tuesday cited an example that had transpired just 15 hours earlier.
The Chicago Bulls became the first road team to win in this year's NBA Playoffs by beating the host Brooklyn Nets 90-82 on Monday night. The Bulls had lost Game 1 by 17 points two days earlier.
“You never want to turn the page,” Martin said. “You just focus on the next game and that's what we're here to do.”