Oklahoma City struggled in the paint and during the second half in its 118-87 loss against Houston in Game 1 Sunday night. Here are some digits that made a difference during the game.
Houston had 62 points in the paint to the Thunder’s 38. OKC led the league in points in the paint per game, but it was dominated in the paint.
Houston’s rebounds, to OKC’s 41. The two strongest parts of the Thunder’s game occur in the paint. Houston won both of them fairly easily. Clint Capela and Nene had easy nights down low.
OKC shot 29 3-pointers. It finished as the worst three-point shooting team in the NBA’s regular season. The Thunder didn’t get offense in the paint and settled for contested mid-range and three-point shots.
Victor Oladipo’s shooting numbers. He scored six points and four of those came at the charity stripe. He has to be better if OKC wants to bounce back Wednesday night.
James Harden scored 37 points and got hot early in the fourth quarter. Also, Harden made about 1 million layups, unofficially.
The Rockets had 31 second-chance points to the Thunder’s four. They got those points off 14 offensive rebounds.
OKC had 15 turnovers. Russell Westbrook had nine of those to seven assists.
Points for Andre Roberson, a playoff career-high. He was 4-of-6 from downtown, making his first four attempts.
Westbrook’s shooting numbers, including 3-of-11 from deep. 11 threes is too many for Westbrook, and the Thunder have a higher change of winning if he shoots a lower amount of threes.
The amount of points combined for Steven Adams, Taj Gibson and Victor Oladipo. The three starters played 79 combined minutes and scored 17 points. Roberson scored 18. OKC needs more out of all three the rest of the series.
The Thunder shot 37 percent from the field while the Rockets shot 49.5 percent. The Rockets also took 10 more shots than OKC (91-81).
Westbrook’s plus-minus for Game 1. It wasn’t all his fault; his teammates didn’t provide much help. The nine turnovers didn’t benefit him, though.
Patrick Beverley’s points. A playoff career-high. He was the second-best player on the floor Sunday behind Harden.
Adams’ leveling screens. It was the screen heard ’round the Sooner state. Early in the third quarter, Adams set a great screen on Beverley, who didn’t see Adams because he was too focused on pestering Westbrook up the floor. The screen happened right in front of the Houston Texans’ J.J. Watt, who was sitting court side, and even he should’ve been impressed from the play.We invite you to follow Thunder Digest on Twitter and like Thunder Digest on Facebook. Don't forget to subsribe on Youtube! Our Podcast is on iTunes and on Stitcher. We also have a Thunder Digest Instagram account if you love fun Thunder photography!