The streak would still be alive and the good times still rolling for the Thunder had it not been for a pair of poor decisions inside the final 64 seconds Tuesday night. Together, they capped a costly fourth-quarter collapse and crushed the Thunder’s spirits and its comeback effort in a 104-102 loss to Phoenix before a sellout crowd of 18,203 inside the Ford Center. And when it was over, all the Thunder could do was watch the short-handed Suns smile and celebrate on its court with high-flying chest bumps after snapping the home team’s season-high, nine-game winning streak. "We had a nice run going, and there’s nothing to be ashamed of,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks, whose team fell to 33-22. "We stubbed our toe tonight.” When we look back on the source of the pain, we’ll remember the pair of plays by Jeff Green and James Harden on one sequence and Thabo Sefolosha on another. Let’s start with Green and Harden. With 1:05 left to play and the Thunder clinging to a tenuous five-point lead, Green chased down a loose ball and saved it from going out near his bench. But his behind-the-back, no-look heave flew toward the Suns’ basket, where Phoenix forward Amar’e Stoudemire sat camping. Stoudemire took one dribble and powered in a layup through a foul by Harden. Stoudemire sank the free throw to complete a 3-point play to pull the Suns within 102-100. "Jeff got caught in the moment,” Brooks said. "That’s not the play that you would normally want, but I can’t fault that. That’s a great effort and energy play, and he was hustling.” After Jason Richardson buried two free throws to tie it at 102-all with 40.2 seconds remaining, Russell Westbrook missed a go-ahead 3-pointer at the other end, and Green blew a bunny on a putback attempt. Suns forward Grant Hill rebounded the miss with 13.4 seconds remaining and set up the Suns’ game-winner. That’s when Sefolosha erred. Phoenix set up Richardson on the right wing, and as the Suns’ guard made his move, Sefolosha reached. When Sefolosha missed the ball, Richardson blew by, knifing his way into the lane to swish a 10-foot floater with 0.7 seconds left on the clock. "He took a reach and I was like, ‘OK, I’ve got to go to the hole,’” said Richardson. "As soon as I released it, I knew it was going in.” Sefolosha sounded satisfied with his strategy. "I think I played it a decent way,” Sefolosha said. "He made a really tough shot.” Either way, it was the culmination of the Thunder surrendering a 10-point, fourth-quarter lead, nullifying its rally from a 15-point, third-quarter deficit. The question now becomes, how tough is the Thunder? Oklahoma City has bounced back from some bad-break defeats. But never before has this group had to pick up the pieces following the devastating end to a delightful nine-game winning streak. The Thunder gets its first crack at a response tonight at San Antonio, against a Spurs team that’s limping and fighting for its playoff lives. "These are great opportunities for our guys,” Brooks said. "We’re approaching meaningful games in March and April. It’s great for our development. It’s great for our guys’ improvement. San Antonio is a team that’s coming off a long road trip. They’re going to bring their toughness, and we’re going to have to go out there and match it.” All while forgetting the pain of Tuesday’s toe stub that put an end to the most improbable of streaks. Text "OKTHUNDER” to 65360 for your chance to win an Official Adidas #35 Kevin Durant Jersey. NewsOK OKC Thunder news text alerts sponsored by Totally Tickets.