It was a disappointing night as the Oklahoma City Thunder blew an 18-point lead and lose a close one at home to the Boston Celtics. It was a dominant first half from the Thunder, followed by a very poor second half on both ends. Here are some interesting digits from Friday’s loss:
As mentioned above, Oklahoma City led by 18 at one point, which is what they led at halftime. It was an excellent performance in the first half, but just fell flat in the second half.
For people looking for silver linings, this one is for you. In a game the Thunder dominated for the first half and led majority of the way, it was an awful night shooting wise for the big three. George, Westbrook and Anthony combined to shoot 33 percent from the floor. If just one of the big three has a good night offensively, this game probably has a totally different outcome.
This number isn’t really significant in the grand scheme of things, but it matters. Patrick Patterson is a guy who has struggled early, mostly due to not having any preseason because of a knee procedure he was recovering from. Tonight, Patterson hit two of his three three-point attempts and finished with six points. He is a guy that is looking more and more himself each game, and can become a huge help to this team.
The Thunder defense was stellar in the first half, and pretty much the opposite in the following half. Boston put up 64 points in the second half, after being held to just 37 in the first half.
On top of the defense falling out, the offense did much of the same. The Thunder were outscored by 25 points in the second half, 64 to 39. It really was a tale of two different halves of basketball, and give Boston credit for responding perfectly after a terrible first half.
Out of Thunder’s big three, Carmelo was the one that struggled most, especially in the second half. Anthony finished with one made field goal out of 12 attempts in the second half, his worst half of shooting in his career.
To say Kyrie Irving is unfair would be an understatement. He was the Thunder killer in the second half, putting up 22 of his 25 points in the second half. He had a huge fourth quarter as well along with Al Horford who had his fair share of daggers in this one.
Another bright spot in this tough loss is Jerami Grant. He has continued to improve his game and it showed on Friday night. He finished with 11 points on 71 percent shooting from the floor. He showed a flurry of different things he can do like, hitting the outside shot, taking advantage of the smaller defender and also dunking on any opposing player possible. Grant has quietly become Thunder’s best player off the bench so far this season and his jump offensively from last year to this year is a delightful surprise.
Al Horford is a top-tier center in this league and it showed on Friday. He was phenomenal offensively, especially in the fourth quarter. He was on fire from deep, hitting all three of his three-point attempts, and shot overall 100 percent from the floor in the final quarter. He finished with 13 points in the quarter, 20 in the whole game.We invite you to follow Thunder Digest on Twitter and like Thunder Digest on Facebook. Our Podcast is on iTunes. We also have a Thunder Digest Instagram account if you love fun Thunder photography!