Oklahoma City Thunder: Thunder turns Chesapeake Energy Arena into a scary place to play

With a 101-98 win over Orlando, the Thunder continued its winning ways at home, where it improved its league-best record to 12-0 and again left you thinking how long this record Oklahoma City-era streak can last.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: December 15, 2013

Orlando Magic coach Jacque Vaughn was informed before Sunday night's game that the Thunder was 11-0 at home and was asked how hard that is to do in the NBA.

“Are you scaring me?” Vaughn jokingly asked in response.

Funny.

The Thunder has turned Chesapeake Energy Arena into a pretty scary venue for visitors.

With a 101-98 win over Orlando, the Thunder continued its winning ways at home, where it improved its league-best record to 12-0 and again left you thinking how long this record Oklahoma City-era streak can last.

The next two home opponents, Chicago and Toronto, are Eastern Conference foes that don't figure to pose much of a threat. The two after that, Houston and Portland, could get it done. But if they don't, the Thunder's streak could stretch into February.

BOX SCORE: THUNDER 101, MAGIC 98

“We never really talked about it, to tell you the truth,” Thunder guard Russell Westbrook said of this year's home dominance. “But I think as individuals and around the locker room, we do a good job of just coming in here taking care of our fans and coming in and competing each and every night and trying to win the game.”

Before this season, the Thunder's best start at home was a modest 3-0 mark. For whatever it's worth, the franchise's all-time home winning streak to open a season is 13-0, which the Seattle SuperSonics did in the 1976-77 season.

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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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