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Focus lost in upset loss to Cavaliers

The Sports Xchange

Oklahoma City prides itself on the ability to focus on the task at hand. The focus wavered Friday night, as the Thunder fell at home 96-90 to the sub-.500 Cleveland Cavaliers.

"We're disappointed that we lost the game tonight, but there's 29 good teams in this league that are going to keep fighting to get wins," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. "No one is going to give you a win. We were a little sluggish. We were a step slow.

"Very rarely has that happened. It's one game. Hopefully, it doesn't lead to two. More intensity and better focus tomorrow night, but we didn't have it tonight."

Oklahoma City (31-9) has another squad on the wrong end of the win-loss ledger, Charlotte, visiting Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday night.

Not only was the loss to Cleveland hard to stomach, it exposed a concern that Brooks thought had been taken care of. The Cavs grabbed 21 offensive rebounds.

"Well, it was an issue early in the season and we've kind of fixed that problem, but it crept up on us tonight," Brooks said. "It's not good enough basketball. Give them credit. They were going, and they kept going to the boards until we put a body on them. They had 21 offensive rebounds.

"We held them to a decent field goal percentage: 41 percent. Who knows what it would have been if we would have gotten those rebounds. That's definitely a problem. I don't know how many points they got out of the second-chance points, but the turnovers and offensive rebounds really bothered us tonight."

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