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Thunder Just Not Enough, Lose 96-95

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Kevin Durant missed three shots in the final 16 seconds of the ball game. Even with Goran Dragic missing a pair of free throws, Oklahoma City couldn’t pull out the victory, falling 96-95 to the Houston Rockets. The loss drops the Thunder to 22-7 on the season, including 12-6 on the road. The victory improves Houston to 17-13 on the season, as well as 11-3 at home.

Oklahoma City scored a season low of 13 points in the first quarter, trailing 13-29 heading into the second quarter. The Thunder would trail by as many as 18 points in the first half before they started to find their stroke.  Oklahoma City’s run would cut the deficit to just 45-44 at the half.

The Thunder would grab their first lead of the ball game at 8:57 off a Durant three point shot, giving OKC the 55-52 lead. From that point forward, no team would lead by more than five points, exchanging blow by blow.

Late in the fourth quarter, Russell Westbrook hit a nice jump shot with 2:44 left in the quarter. That would be the last time Oklahoma City would score. The Thunder would go 0-9 from the floor in the final 2 minutes of the game. While, Houston would score in various ways. Dragic was fouled with :00.8 seconds left in the game. He missed both free throws, giving Oklahoma City an opportunity, but as time expired, Westbrook’s desperation heave was short.

Post Game Grades

James Harden: C
Harden struggled from the floor, but wasn’t exactly non-existent. Harden finished 6-13 from the floor. He also was 3-8 from deep. He had 17 points and was +5 from the floor. He had his moments, but wasn’t his All-Star self if you ask me.

Three-Point Shooting: F, A big fat F
Oklahoma City shout 30.4% from behind the arc, (7-23). I can’t believe a) They took 23 shots from behind the three point line, b) shot so poorly. I can’t really explain why they shoot so bad on the road. Makes no sense. Daequan Cook, Durant and Westbrook were a combined 3-14 from behind the three-point line.

Second Chance Points: D-
The Thunder allowed 17 second chancepoints. They had allowed 25 points the previous two times against the Rockets. 17 points were on 11 offensive rebounds, meaning effeciency for the Rockets. Pathetic if you ask me.

Again, no Thunder thoughts. Sorry, they’ll be back Friday.

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