Everything that was frustrating about the Oklahoma City Thunder came to fruition in Mexico City on Thursday night. The Brooklyn Nets out-hustled the Oklahoma City Thunder en route to a 100-95 Nets victory.
The loss drops Oklahoma City to 11-13 on the year, ending their three-game winning streak.
Oklahoma City appeared to be on their way to their fourth straight victory as the Thunder participated in the Mexico City Games. However, a 16-point first half lead as the Thunder jumped up 33-17 early in the first quarter. However from there on out, the Thunder disappeared offensively. Brooklyn trimmed it down to nine by halftime, as the Thunder only led 58-49.
The Nets fought through and took a lead shortly into the second half, completing the Thunder meltdown. Brooklyn took a 63-62 lead with 6:19 on a Rondae Hollis-Jefferson step back jumper. Russell Westbrook responded with a big three-pointer, giving the Thunder their lead and a ride on the seesaw.
Brooklyn started to pull away when they went up 84-81, their largest lead of the game at that point when Allen Crabbe cut to the bucket with 9:44 left in regulation. Kyle Singler, yeah he’s alive, hit his second three-pointer of the game, tying it up on the ensuing possession.
Andre Roberson fould Spencer Dimwiddie on a three, giving the Nets an 93-85 lead over the Thunder. Oklahoma City climbed back to within 94-91 with 3:12 but would get no closer as the Nets would close out the game strong.
Westbrook had 31 points, eight rebounds and six assists on a very poor 10-of-27 shooting.
It was reported in the post game Westbrook has been diagnosed with a hip contusion. Westbrook had a collision in the fourth quarter where he came up a little limp. Westbrook would play through it. However, as Westbrook left the floor after the game ended, you could see a hitch in Westbrook’s step.
OKC shot just 39 percent from the game and were only 15-of-52 in the second half (28.8 percent).
With no Paul George and Jerami Grant, Carmelo Anthony was expected to step up but he stepped out instead. Anthony finished 5-of-20 from the floor for 11 points and 11 rebounds. He was 1-of-6 in the second half.
Steven Adams added 12 points and 14 rebounds for Oklahoma City but was largely unused in the second half. He didn’t even play 12 minutes.
Oklahoma City will take on a wounded Memphis Grizzlies team in Memphis on Saturday night. That’s an 8 p.m. tip-off. We’ll continue to have your game day coverage here and on our social media.
Keys to the Game
Oklahoma City only forced 13 turnovers on a team that turns it over about 17 times a game. The Thunder struggled on this side of the ball. The Thunder’s offense is predecated on forcing turnovers and getting into transition. They did not do that tonight and for that, they’re going home with a loss.
While Raymond Felton showed out with seven points in the third quarter and Kyle Singler had a season high nine points, that’s really about it for the Thunder’s offensive bench. Only 29 points combined and the Thunder didn’t step up. While the Thunder were short handed, they really let their teammates down.
Free throw line: F
Oklahoma City went 12-of-23 from the free throw line. You make half of those misses and Oklahoma City wins this game. Steven Adams and Carmelo Anthony both missed two free throws in the final five minutes of the game. Absolutely unacceptable.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!