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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

The Thunder can match that mark Thursday against the Bulls in a nationally televised game on TNT.

Perform like it has been of late and the Thunder should have little problem.

Defense has been the key, as the Thunder has turned it up a notch on that end to cruise to victories inside The Peake.

The first three Magic possessions Sunday were a microcosm of how the Thunder has excelled.

Westbrook steal.

Kevin Durant blocked shot.

Thabo Sefolosha steal.

Three possessions. Two turnovers and a missed shot.

OKC has allowed at least 100 points only twice in the previous eight home contests. Over that same span, the Thunder is yielding just 94.5 points per game on 41.6 percent shooting at home.

“We got to be a lot better,” Kevin Durant deadpanned. “You know, we gave up almost 30 points in (some) first quarters, and I think we have to be better. But we're communicating better this year and we're just playing harder. So we got another level that we need to go to in order for us to be a better team, and I think if we keep working the way we are we'll get there.”

By now, we know Durant is the epitome of a perfectionist. But his attitude is reflective of what's made the Thunder so special at home.

“It shows how good this team is and how hard it is to play here and what they're about,” Vaughn said of the Thunder's undefeated home record. “Their approach every night is refreshing to see.”

Durant was asked if he was satisfied with the start.

“In this business, you can never be satisfied until you're the last team standing,” Durant said.

The Thunder not quite satisfied?


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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