It was an ugly night in Mexico City as far as the Oklahoma City Thunder were concerned, as they lost an ugly one to the Brooklyn Nets 100-95. The Thunder were without Paul George and Jerami Grant but that doesn’t excuse this outcome. It was a matter of poor shot selection and a lack of effort that contributed to this loss, the 13th of the season for the Thunder. Here are some key numbers in tonight’s loss:
This was definitely a game changer, as the Thunder shot just 52.2 percent from the charity stripe. They hit just 12 of their 22 attempts. If the Thunder could have just a hit a few more, they probably avoid this awful loss.
It was just a night of poor percentages, as Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony combined to shoot 32 percent from the floor. Westbrook hit just 10 of his 27 attempts, while Melo hit only five of his 20 attempts. Rough shooting nights do happen, but a big part of this was just poor shot selection.
Even though the Nets made their big run early in the third quarter, Oklahoma City compounded that by playing very poorly in the fourth quarter, only scoring 16 total points. They shot 28 percent in the fourth, while turning the ball over three times as well. Brooklyn meanwhile put up 26 in the fourth, outscoring Oklahoma City by double digits.
With two Thunder players out with injuries, Kyle Singler stepped up, playing 22 minutes tonight. He played pretty well considering not playing for a long period of time. He finished the night with nine points and a plus-2 in the plus/minus category.
Oklahoma City’s offense was very stagnant tonight, finishing with just 18 assists as a whole. The first half was a lot better, with the Thunder moving the ball well and getting a double-digit lead. Oklahoma City only had five second half assists total.
As we have seen a lot this season, Oklahoma City went cold offensively in the second half, while getting outscored by 14. The Nets put up 51 points in the second half, compared to just 37 by Oklahoma City.
The Thunder once led by 16, in which another game they lost where they led by double digits. A lot of problems could be solved if this team could keep the focus for 48 minutes.
Maybe the most ugly number of the night, Oklahoma City’s starters were a combined -38 in the plus-minus category. The only one that had a positive net rating was ironically, Carmelo Anthony. Steven Adams finished with a -13 even though he was by far the best player for Oklahoma City tonight, finishing with 12 points and 14 rebounds.
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