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.
Meanwhile, Thunder opponents are shooting 48.8 percent from the field and averaging 106.3 points against a team that prides itself on its defense.
"We just have to get back to playing a defensive brand of basketball," Brooks said. "It's been just decent up until tonight, and tonight wasn't good at all."
Durant shook his head while discussing his team's defensive shortcomings.
"We work so hard (on defense)," said Durant, who had a team-high 28 points, but shot 8 of 19 from the field and also had six turnovers. "I think we're one of the hardest-working teams and for us to come out like that and they made shots so easily, it's kind of tough to watch and frustrating to play."
The Thunder trailed 56-40 at halftime, failing to score in the final 3:51 of the second quarter. The Jazz pushed its lead to 73-46 before the Thunder went on a 12-0 run. The closest the Thunder got after that was 13.
The Jazz was led by forward Paul Millsap with 30 points, 16 rebounds and six assists. "One word... beast," teammate Al Jefferson said of the 6-foot-8, 250-pound Millsap.
Jefferson had 23 points and 10 rebounds, point guard Deron Williams had 16 points and 15 assists and C.J. Miles scored 21 off the bench.
With no practice today, Thunder players will have a chance to recoup and try to erase the memory of what transpired Halloween night.
After Tuesday's practice, the team will fly to Los Angeles for its Wednesday night game against the Clippers, followed by a nationally televised game (TNT) at Portland on Thursday night.
"There's no panic at all," Brooks said. "It's the third game. There's a lot of basketball left."