OKC’s head-scratching performances — defined by blown leads and being bullied by banged-up opponents — came against Minnesota, Memphis, Golden State and the Clippers, teams with combined records of 27-71.
"We sometimes bring intensity throughout the game, and we sometimes lay off a little bit,” said Kevin Durant, who scored a game-high 25 points. "And in this league you can’t do that. ... We need to get away from that.”
The Clippers broke a 4-4 tie with 9:00 left in the first quarter by racing to an 11-0 run over the next 3:10. The Thunder ended the period trailing by 12 before its bench sparked a 32-22 second quarter to pull within two at the half.
But the Thunder’s 21 turnovers, which led to 29 Clipper points, and its 14-of-24 foul shooting never gave Oklahoma City a chance to secure the win.
"All teams are pretty good,” Brooks said. "All records aren’t, but all teams are good. You can have any team go into anybody’s building and win. No team is going to give you games. ... We’re not in the position to expect that.
"We are going to have to come out with more force, more determination and more desire to get a win on our home court. We haven’t been successful here, and it’s disappointing.”