The Oklahoma City Thunder have fared well on opening night.
This year's team, however, will have a different look from the get-go, starting without an All-Star or former All-Star for the first time in over a decade.
OKC opens up their regular season with a Wednesday night matchup against the Jazz in Salt Lake City.
In their short but illustrious 13-year span as the Thunder, the team has an 8-5 record to open their season.
In their first-ever opener, the Thunder suffered a loss in a particularly low scoring affair. They lost 98-87 to the Milwaukee Bucks, with Chris Wilcox and Russell Westbrook leading the way with 13 points apiece.
The next season was a different story, as Kevin Durant and Jeff Green combined for 49 points in a resounding win over the Kings.
Oklahoma City would then rattle off two more opening nights wins over the Bulls and the Magic in 2010-2012.
After alternating wins and losses for the next few years, the Thunder hit the golden period.
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Fueled by a now veteran Kevin Durant and Westbrook, Oklahoma City won three straight openers, beating San Antonio 112-106, Philadelphia 103-97 and New York 105-84.
The team got off to slow starts in each of the next two seasons, but even last year won their first game of the year against the Hornets.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who is sure to have a big night on Wednesday, scored a game-high of 24 points to lead OKC to a 109-107 win.
The Thunder could very well come out hot, but it’s safe to say the 2020-21 NBA leading Jazz aren’t the Charlotte Hornets.
Wednesday night’s game can be watched on Bally Sports Oklahoma or listened to at WWLS 98.1FM in OKC.
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