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Thunder struggles from the start against Jazz

Sellout crowd of 18,203 at OKC Arena watches Utah win, 120-99
BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Modified: November 1, 2010 at 12:18 am •  Published: October 31, 2010

Two years ago, the Thunder didn't win its third game until New Year's Eve. On Sunday, the Thunder had a chance to get its third victory two months earlier on All Hallows' Eve.

Not even close.

Instead, the Thunder rekindled the early season horror of two years ago, and the Utah Jazz pounced with a dominating 120-99 clinic inside Oklahoma City Arena.

A sellout crowd of 18,203 watched the Thunder fall behind by as many as 27 points against a winless team that had yet to hold a lead at any time this season.

"We got outplayed right from the start," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said afterward. "The better team won tonight. There's nothing else you can say about it. They outplayed us in all phases of the game &mdash passing, shooting, defending, rebounding, scoring in the paint."

Brooks was disappointed in so many facets, he had difficulty narrowing the scope.

"It's definitely a little bit of everything," Brooks said. "It has to get back to stopping the ball and taking pride in guarding man-on-man. And then if we do get beat (individually), our defense has to be ready to help."

To be fair, the Thunder has struggled as much offensively as it has defensively through the first three games.

The Thunder is shooting 39.9 percent from the floor this season, which ranks 29th in the league, ahead of only the winless Los Angeles Clippers (36.8 percent).

Most of the Thunder's shooting woes have come from 3-point range, where it is misfiring at 20.8 percent, which ranks dead last in the league.

The Thunder shot 25 percent beyond the arc against Utah. All-Star forward Kevin Durant was 4 for 6, backup point guard Eric Maynor made his only attempt and everybody else went a combined 0 for 13.

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