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Thunder loses second straight game

The Oklahoma City Thunder is on its first losing streak since Nov. 3 after a 110-105 loss at Memphis.
by Darnell Mayberry Modified: January 5, 2011 at 4:35 am •  Published: January 4, 2011

The feeling is foreign.

Only once before has the Oklahoma City Thunder experienced it, so long ago it had become more of a forgotten memory.

A visit to Memphis on Tuesday night, though, restored the reality of a losing streak.

The Thunder dropped a 110-105 decision to Memphis inside FedEx Forum and snapped a streak of 10 straight wins following a loss. Oklahoma City fell to 23-13 and 10-2 in games that followed a loss.

The Thunder's only other losing streak came on Nov. 3 after a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers followed a blowout defeat against Utah.

“I'm disappointed in the loss, but I understand this is what we go through,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “In an NBA season, you're going to have some highs and some lows. We've lost two games in a row, but our guys have been resilient all year and they bounce back.”

That task could be tougher this time around.

Of the Thunder's 10 wins that followed a loss, six victories came against teams that are currently below .500. Only three of the wins came against teams that currently sit more than one game above .500 — Utah, New Orleans and Denver.

Now, the Thunder is entrenched in its most difficult month of the season. Up next for Oklahoma City is road-trip finale at Dallas against an injury-plagued but still-dangerous Mavs squad before a rematch with these Grizzlies on Saturday inside Oklahoma City Arena. The Thunder also plays road games against Houston, the L.A. Lakers, Denver, New Orleans and Minnesota this month. Other home games include Orlando, New York, Washington and Miami.

“We got to stay positive,” said Thunder forward Kevin Durant. “We can't come in saying we're going through a tough stretch.”

The Thunder's play said it all in the second straight game. After a 25-point throttling at San Antonio on Saturday — the worst loss of the season — the Thunder couldn't contain the Grizzlies from being just as effective in many of the same areas that led the Spurs to their rout. The only difference Tuesday was the Thunder had enough offense to stay close.

Tuesday's box score

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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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