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Thunder road woes continue in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — The Thunder and Magic share the woeful position of being the only teams without a road win through the first month of the NBA season. 

OKC is 0-5 away from Chesapeake Energy Arena after its 90-88 loss at the Clippers on Monday night. The Thunder is in danger of falling to 0-6 on the road with a 9:30 p.m. Tuesday matchup against the 11-2 Lakers. 

“You’ve got to be able to find ways to win on the road,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said Monday night. “We’ve had our opportunities and we’ve gotta find ways to maybe do things a little bit better.” 

The home/road splits for the Thunder, especially offensively, are extreme. 

Thunder at home (5-3): 110.1 points per game, 47.5 field goal percentage, 37.1 3-point percentage, 5.5 net rating. 

Thunder on the road (0-5): 98.4 points per game, 41.5 field goal percentage, 34.1 3-point percentage, -9.0 net rating.

Only Charlotte, Golden State, Atlanta and Memphis have a worse net rating on the road. Net rating measures a team’s point differential per 100 possessions. 

OKC’s road defense has been league average, but only Orlando and Memphis have recorded worst offensive numbers on the road. 

The best explanation for OKC’s problems away from the Peake might be quality of opponent. The Thunder has fallen on the road to the Jazz, Rockets, Spurs, Pacers and Clippers — teams that are a combined 41-28. The 5-9 Spurs are the only team in the group with a losing record.

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Los Angeles Clippers' Montrezl Harrell (5) dunks against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Los Angeles Clippers' Montrezl Harrell (5) dunks against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

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Joe Mussatto

Joe Mussatto joined The Oklahoman in August 2018 to cover OU football, men’s basketball and softball. He previously covered University of Kentucky football and basketball for SEC Country. Mussatto is from Oklahoma City and lives in Norman. Read more ›

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