Orlando Magic coach Jacque Vaughn was informed before Sunday night's game that the Thunder was 11-0 at home and was asked how hard that is to do in the NBA.
“Are you scaring me?” Vaughn jokingly asked in response.
The Thunder has turned Chesapeake Energy Arena into a pretty scary venue for visitors.
With a 101-98 win over Orlando, the Thunder continued its winning ways at home, where it improved its league-best record to 12-0 and again left you thinking how long this record Oklahoma City-era streak can last.
The next two home opponents, Chicago and Toronto, are Eastern Conference foes that don't figure to pose much of a threat. The two after that, Houston and Portland, could get it done. But if they don't, the Thunder's streak could stretch into February.
“We never really talked about it, to tell you the truth,” Thunder guard Russell Westbrook said of this year's home dominance. “But I think as individuals and around the locker room, we do a good job of just coming in here taking care of our fans and coming in and competing each and every night and trying to win the game.”
Before this season, the Thunder's best start at home was a modest 3-0 mark. For whatever it's worth, the franchise's all-time home winning streak to open a season is 13-0, which the Seattle SuperSonics did in the 1976-77 season.
The Thunder can match that mark Thursday against the Bulls in a nationally televised game on TNT.
Perform like it has been of late and the Thunder should have little problem.
Defense has been the key, as the Thunder has turned it up a notch on that end to cruise to victories inside The Peake.
The first three Magic possessions Sunday were a microcosm of how the Thunder has excelled.
Kevin Durant blocked shot.
Thabo Sefolosha steal.
Three possessions. Two turnovers and a missed shot.
OKC has allowed at least 100 points only twice in the previous eight home contests. Over that same span, the Thunder is yielding just 94.5 points per game on 41.6 percent shooting at home.
“We got to be a lot better,” Kevin Durant deadpanned. “You know, we gave up almost 30 points in (some) first quarters, and I think we have to be better. But we're communicating better this year and we're just playing harder. So we got another level that we need to go to in order for us to be a better team, and I think if we keep working the way we are we'll get there.”
By now, we know Durant is the epitome of a perfectionist. But his attitude is reflective of what's made the Thunder so special at home.
“It shows how good this team is and how hard it is to play here and what they're about,” Vaughn said of the Thunder's undefeated home record. “Their approach every night is refreshing to see.”
Durant was asked if he was satisfied with the start.
“In this business, you can never be satisfied until you're the last team standing,” Durant said.
The Thunder not quite satisfied?