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By John Rohde Published: December 18, 2012
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The Thunder owns the league's longest winning streak this season, but the Los Angeles Clippers are positioned to go even longer.

After losing four straight, the 18-6 Clippers are riding a 10-game winning streak and up next are home games against 5-18 New Orleans and 7-17 Sacramento, followed by a game at 10-15 Phoenix.

The Clippers' last loss was Nov. 26 — against the Hornets at Staples Center, believe it or not.

POWER RANKINGS

The Clippers have the NBA's top Relative Percent Index (RPI), which is a formula that calculates a team's success based on strength of schedule. San Antonio (.578) is second, while Miami and OKC (.567) are tied for third.

In terms of overall power rating — which is RPI, overall winning percentage and strength of schedule combined — the Thunder ranks No. 1, followed by the Clippers, New York, San Antonio and Miami.

Serge Ibaka is tied atop the league in blocked shots (3.0). Kevin Durant's free-throw percentage has reached .900 (seventh in the league). Kevin Martin is second (.933).

DYNAMIC DUO

Thunder All-Stars Durant and Russell Westbrook are nominated in the “Dynamic Duo” category for Cartoon Network's third annual Hall of Game sports awards show, which returns in February.

Voting is open at http://HallofGame.com.

TIP-INS

The Thunder's last loss was at Boston the day after Thanksgiving (Nov. 23). … OKC is 7-0 in December and 3-1 on Wednesdays entering its contest at Atlanta (14-7), which played at Washington on Tuesday night. … The Thunder is 11-2 against Western Conference teams and 9-2 against the Eastern Conference. … Rookie forward Perry Jones III continues to rehab a sprained left ankle. … After Atlanta, the Thunder's next three games will be nationally televised — Minnesota (TNT), Miami (ABC) and Dallas (TNT). … OKC is 4-4 (.500) all-time against Atlanta and 13-2 (.867) against Minnesota, its best record against any opponent. … During its 11-game winning streak, the Thunder has beaten opponents by an average of 14.4 points per contest.


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