Oklahoma City Thunder excels in bounce-back games

The Thunder is 14-3 this season in games after a loss. Wednesday's victory over the Jazz gave OKC the league's best bounce-back record over the last three seasons at 49-12 (.803), slipping past Chicago at 50-13 (.794).
BY JOHN ROHDE Published: March 14, 2013

With its 110-87 victory over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena, OKC was able to recover quickly from Monday night's 105-93 loss at San Antonio.

The Thunder entered Monday's game having won five straight and eight of its last nine.

Asked if the convincing loss at San Antonio wiped out all the good that had been accomplished entering that game, OKC coach Scott Brooks said: “I don't think it wipes out all the good, but definitely when you're a good team that has a lot of emotional guys that care, it does bother you. This group does not like to lose. That's why we've been one of the best at bouncing back.

“This team is prideful. That's what I love about coaching this group. They're not satisfied on having a good stretch and then coming up with a dud. They want to have a good stretch of games and keep playing good basketball.”

The Thunder is 14-3 this season in games after a loss. Wednesday's victory over the Jazz gave OKC the league's best bounce-back record over the last three seasons at 49-12 (.803), slipping past Chicago at 50-13 (.794).

OKC AT NO. 1

Despite the Miami Heat (49-14) winning 20 straight, the Denver Nuggets (44-22) winning 10 straight and the Memphis Grizzlies (44-19) winning six straight, the Thunder (48-17) remains atop John Hollinger's ESPN power rankings, and by a comfortable margin.

According to Hollinger, OKC is at No. 1 with a rating of 110.662 and is followed by Miami (108.319), San Antonio (107.969), the Los Angeles Clippers (106.734) and Denver (106.398).

Pushing the Thunder to the top are its overall strength of schedule, plus its average winning margin and the average winning percentage of opponents in the last 25 percent of its games.

OKC just completed a stretch of eight playoff teams in 10 games, which was extremely beneficial to its power ranking.

THE PERCENTAGES

The Thunder is one of only three teams to have a winning percentage in the .700s, but OKC is just 1-4 against the other two teams — Miami (0-2) and San Antonio (1-2).



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