In the wake of Sunday's road loss in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals, the San Antonio Spurs extended their streak of defeats at Oklahoma City's Chesapeake Energy Arena to eight games, which represents the Spurs' longest road losing streak that includes the regular season and playoffs versus a single team in the Gregg Popovich coaching era, per ESPN Stats & Info.
The unwanted streak began during the 2012 Western Conference Finals, when San Antonio traveled to Oklahoma City for Game 3 after winning both of the series' previous encounters, a situation eerily similar to Sunday.
In that series, the Thunder went on to claim four straight wins, including three at home, en route to the NBA Finals.
Last season, the teams split four regular-season meetings, with both sides winning twice at home. Oklahoma City then swept all four regular-season games against San Antonio this season, adding two more home wins to the streak.
Sunday's 106-97 final score very nearly reflected the average margin of defeat the Spurs have endured over their past eight games at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
During that span, the Thunder have accounted for 103.8 points per game, compared to the Spurs' average of exactly 93.0.
Since becoming the Spurs' head coach during the 1996-1997 season, Popovich has won four NBA titles and earned three Coach of the Year awards, including one this season.
However, over those 18 regular seasons and 17 playoff runs, no team has defeated Popovich as regularly in its home arena as the Thunder have over the last few years.
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