If someone suggested during training camp the Thunder might have a chance at posting a winning road record, a concerned friend might have called 911.
Posting a winning home record was realistic. But a winning road record? After going 8-33 on the road last season?
"We had some big road wins early,” said forward Nick Collison. "It was good we got off to a pretty good start. Last year the difficult start shook us a little, especially late in games.
"A lot of times teams crumble in the fourth quarter when the crowd really gets into it. We’ve been able to get stops and avoid that bad stretch where a team makes a big run. We now have confidence we can win no matter where we play.”
Entering tonight’s game at Dallas, it’s shocking the league’s second youngest team is an identical two games over .500 at both home and on the road. Young teams usually prosper at home, not on the road.
Not the Thunder.
Oklahoma City is 10-8 away from the Ford Center, two more road wins than it compiled all last season.
"It’s tough to win on the road, especially places like Utah, San Antonio, Miami and Phoenix,” said Kevin Durant. "We’ve played complete games. We’ve played good defense and gotten stops when we need them.”
Despite early-season road success, finishing with a winning road record is difficult. Last season only seven teams accomplished the feat. And New Orleans and Denver barely made it (21-20).
It’s similar this season. OKC is one of only seven teams with a winning road record.