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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Game 24: Cavs at Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER (17-8) 106, CAVS (7-17) 77
at Oklahoma City Arena
RADIO/TV: WTAM/Fox Sports Ohio

WHAT HAPPENED: A black cloud continues to hang over the Cavs, who have lost eight in a row. It's their worst losing streak since 2004.

The law of averages say the Cavs will eventually break their losing streak. But it probably won't happen on Wednesday when the Cavs travel to Miami.

The Cavs have lost nine in a row on the road, including 0-5 in December.

They compiled season lows in points (77), field-goal percentage (33.8) and points in a quarter (13) against the Thunder. They were somewhat competitive in that game toward the end of the first half when they narrowed their deficit to nine points.

Then they came out and didn't score a point in the first 4 minutes of the second half. The Thunder closed the third quarter on a 19-1 run to blow the game wide open.

Oklahoma City Arena is like being at a Duke game. The fans are raucous and really get into the games. They root on their Thunder, and Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook do the rest.

Durant is leading the league in scoring at 27.5 points per game. He won his first of what will probably be many scoring titles last year. He scores so effortlessly from all areas of the court.

He had a game-high 25 points on Sunday.

The Cavs are 3-6 on the tail end of a back-to-back this season.

SF Anthony Parker (6-6, 210) vs. Kevin Durant (6-9, 230)
PF Antawn Jamison (6-9, 235) vs. Jeff Green (6-9, 235)
C Anderson Varejao (6-11, 260) vs. Serge Ibaka (6-10, 235)
SG Daniel Gibson (6-2, 200) vs. Thabo Sefolosha (6-7, 215)
PG Mo Williams (6-1, 195) vs. Russell Westbrook (6-3, 187)
Cavs - F Jamario Moon, F/C Samardo Samuels, G Christian Eyenga.
Thunder - C Nenad Krstic, C Cole Aldrich, G Daequan Cook.
Mike Callahan, Kevin Fehr, JT Orr


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