The last time the Thunder/Sonics won five consecutive games, Nick Collison was a rookie.
That was almost five years ago.
An 87-86 win over Utah on Thursday night at the Ford Center was the Thunder’s fifth in a row, something that hasn’t happened since Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis helped lead the Sonics on a five-game streak in March 2005.
"We’ve come a long way,” Collison said. "We’ve had some continuity, which has helped us, being able to play together and learn. We’ve had the same coach for a year and a half. Defensively, our habits are a lot better. It’s paying off with more wins.”
Winning a down-to-the-wire nailbiter, the type of games Oklahoma City routinely lost last season, the Thunder is on a roll.
Instead of watching a Carmelo Anthony-like heartbreaker, Utah’s Ronnie Price missed a potential game-winner after two Collison free throws gave OKC the lead with 4.5 seconds left.
During their first two years with the franchise, Jeff Green and Durant played on teams that finished 20-62 and 23-59. When you experience back-to-back seasons with a combined 121 losses, winning tastes even sweeter.
"This (winning streak) gives us confidence,” Green said. "We need to go into the New Year (and) continue the streak and continue to get better. We haven’t been perfect. We still have things to work on. But we now have the confidence we can play with just about anybody.”
The winning streak might continue if the Thunder can continue to defeat sub-.