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Thunder's P.J. Carlesimo sees positive signs

BY DARNELL MAYBERRY Modified: November 18, 2008 at 11:05 am •  Published: November 18, 2008
uot;Getting down 30 and 35 points, that’s got to hurt your pride a little bit. We’re all grown men, we’re all adults and we understand that we got to find a way to get out of this slump. And the only way to do it is to go out there and do it together.”

Kevin Durant had his best scoring night of the season at home, finishing with 29 points on 13-of-23 shooting. He added seven rebounds, four assists and four steals. Jeff Green scored 16, and Russell Westbrook added 14 points off the bench.

The Thunder trailed by only six at the half but was doomed by a cold third quarter that saw it miss 10 of its first 11 shots and 13-of-19 for the period. Houston outscored Oklahoma City 25-19 in the period to extend its halftime lead to 12 going into the fourth quarter.

Houston’s frontline of Ron Artest, Luis Scola and Yao Ming overpowered the Thunder and finished with 59 points and 32 rebounds, making up for Tracy McGrady playing only 17 minutes due to an injury early in the third quarter.

The Thunder will look to try to build off Monday’s effort and snap its skid against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.

"Good teams take things from every game they play,” said Robert Swift. "That’s what we’re striving to be is a good team. We have the talent. Now we just have to get the experience and get the consistency that the good teams have.”