OKC Thunder Sports Minute

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Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander misses a 3-point shot at the final horn on Friday night against the Washington Wizards. The Wizards won the game 101-99 at Paycom Center.
Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander misses a 3-point shot at the final horn on Friday night against the Washington Wizards. The Wizards won the game 101-99 at Paycom Center.

The Oklahoma City Thunder was on a five-game losing skid entering Monday night's game at Houston, which might be the best place to snap the recent skid. The Rockets have an NBA-worst 3-16 record, although one of those two wins did come at the expense of the Thunder quite early in the season.

The best thing the Thunder has going for it right now? They're not getting blown out of the barn every night out. An example came Friday night at Paycom Center, when a second-place Washington Wizards (12-7) club eeked out a 101-99 win after Shai Gilgeous-Alexander's last-second 3-point attempt just missed.

"It's happened multiple times," Thunder rookie Josh Giddey said of the close games. "It's something we're going to learn over time with experience. The more we play in those situations, the better we're going to get at it."

See what else The Oklahoman's Thunder beat writer, Joe Mussatto, has to say about a Thunder squad that is coming "oh so close".

This article originally appeared on Oklahoman: NBA's Thunder staying close despite losing five straight games

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