Oklahoma City Thunder: Streak is over, time to move on to next game

Thunder not concerned with the end of the 12-game win steak. Players are upset on the way it ended. “We would have liked to have played better,” said Nick Collison.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: December 21, 2012

Reggie Jackson, who was assigned to the Tulsa 66ers of the Developmental League on Friday, joked after the game that the streak didn't have to come to an end.

“I think we wish it would have held all the way to the Finals and (we'd) just win it all,” Jackson said before turning serious. “But we understand. It's the game. In 82 games you're going to win some and lose some. We definitely wanted to keep the streak alive. But we're going to start from square one again Just get back, watch some film, try to get healthy and just prepare for Miami.”

The mind-set Collison mentioned is one that makes Durant confident his teammates can put the shocking setback past them and focus on the highly-anticipated NBA Finals rematch with Miami on Christmas day.

“We had a nice winning streak going, and I think we did a great job of just staying down and never getting too high about it,” Durant said. “So with a loss we just got to be the same way and just keep improving.”

A slow start Thursday proved costly and, as much as anything else, contributed to the loss. OKC trailed by 14 in the first quarter, two points shy of matching its largest deficit this season. It was the latest in a long line of subpar stretches the Thunder had during its streak, as the team either started slow or finished poorly in several games.

The difference Thursday was the Thunder couldn't close.

“Sometimes you have nights like that,” said Russell Westbrook. “We had a few, I think, during the streak but we were able to get over the hump. But (Thursday) was one of those nights where they always got the extra rebound or made the extra shot. It caught up with us.

“But it's one game. We're still in a good position. As a team we're still playing good basketball.”

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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