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.
Life goes on.
That was the message Kevin Durant tried his darndest to get across Thursday night, soon after the Thunder suffered its first loss since Nov. 23.
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“It's not the end of the world, man,” Durant said. “It's not. A lot of people said the world was going to end tomorrow, but it's not the end of the world.”
Though the Thunder and the rest of mankind made it past 12-21-2012, Oklahoma City will not be taking its league-best 12-game winning streak with it past the alleged doomsday. Minnesota dealt OKC a 99-93 loss inside the Target Center, cooling off the league's hottest team with a mix of ball movement and balanced scoring on offense, and non-stop energy on defense.
“We lost to a good team,” Durant said. “They came out and played extremely hard. They beat us. We're 21-5. We just got to move forward. We're not going to…have a team meeting or argue with each other because we lost. We lost. We just got to learn from it and move on.”
Inside the Thunder's locker room after the game, the vibe was about what you would expect from a team coping with its first taste of defeat since the day after Thanksgiving. Players remained half-dressed at their lockers long after the final buzzer, staring into space appearing to wonder what went wrong. Thabo Sefolosha and Serge Ibaka spoke among themselves, in French but clearly fuming about what had just happened.
But even in a room full of unmistakable disappointment and dejection, the streak seemed to take a backseat. It wasn't that the winning streak ended. It was the way it ended.
“We're not concerned with the streak,” said forward Nick Collison. “It's a function of us playing good basketball, for sure, over a long stretch. But we would have liked to have played better. We're disappointed in how we played. But other than that, it's over. We've just got to move on and try to win the next one. That's the way we've been all year, though, and I think that's a mind-set that works for us; do what's in front of us today.”
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