Thunder going for 14th home win in a row

OKC has won 9 straight and 17 of past 18 games

12/22/13 in NBA   |   andrewgilman   |   20 respect

OKLAHOMA CITY – This win streak is for real with the Thunder.
 
Oklahoma City takes on Toronto tonight and the Thunder will be trying for a 14th win in a row at home. They are the first team in the NBA to win 13 in a row since 2008 when Cleveland did it.
 
The Cavaliers opened that season 23-0. 
 
It's the best home start for Oklahoma City in Thunder history. Until this season, the Thunder had never gone better than 3-0 to start a season. Meanwhile, OKC is the only unbeaten team at home this year. 
 
Dec 17, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Scott Brooks during the second half against the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center. The Thunder won 105-93.  Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY SportsAnd while Scott Brooks said he knew the team was 13-0 at home, he said he hadn't talked to any of the players about it.
 
The NBA record for best home record is 40-1 by the 1985-86 Boston Celtics.
 
On first glance it doesn't seem like Toronto would be the team to end the Thunder's streak, however, the Raptors have won three in a row on the road and the Thunder have showed an inability to lose interest against teams who appear to be weaker. 
 
The Thunder nearly lost to Orlando in Oklahoma City a week ago and then the Bulls closed to within seven points in the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, the Thunder beat the Spurs Saturday night.
 
"Never have to worry about that," Brooks said of his team's interest level.  "Just from knowing our team, usually we come out with some good energy or if we don't, we usually find it. There's no question, it was a very good road win, so a lot of things can be a distraction." 
 
Either way, the Thunder have won nine in a row and 17 of their past 18 games. The nine-game streak is the longest in the league this season. Overall, OKC is 22-4, the best record in the NBA.
 
 
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