The Oklahoma City Thunder fell to the Milwaukee Bucks 95-97. The Thunder saw their six-game winning streak come to an end a blown call in the dying seconds of the game as Giannis Antetokounmpo stepped out of bounds only to come back in to lay the ball in for the go-ahead basket.
The Oklahoma Citys bench outscored the Milwaukee Bucks 32-13. The bench was well led by Jerami Grant and Raymond Felton as they scored 12 and 10 points respectively. The bench shot a collective 61.9 percent on 13-of-21 shooting also going 3-of-9 from three-point range shooting at 33.3 percent while also giving the Thunder six assits and three rebounds.
The Thunder had a terrible start to the game shooting the ball 7-of-20 from the field at 34.9 percent and 1-of-4 from three at 25 percent. It wasn’t just the Thunders bad shooting that had them off to a bad start it was also them being careless with the ball turning the ball over five times in the first quarter. The Bucks used their length very well and the Thunder couldn’t get around them as they lost the quarter 38-18. The Bucks also out-assisted the Thunder 10-2 in the first quarter which was a product of the Thunder not getting their offense going with the absence of Paul George.
Bucks lead 16-2 six minutes in. There's just no flow or rhythm for OKC. Paul George is apparently important.
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) December 30, 2017
The Thunder were woeful from three-point range shooting 28 percent on 7-of-25 shots, Russell Westbrook was the worst of the team shooting 2-of-9 at a percentage of 22.2 one of the threes happen to tie the game late in the fourth quarter. After Westbrook had done such a great job over the past six games of limiting his three-point attempts he decided to pick up the slack of Paul George who missed this game against the Bucks because of knee soreness hopefully Westbrook returns to taking very little threes when George returns.
Russ, go back to not shooting 3s
— Thunder Digest (@ThunderDigest) December 30, 2017
The Thunder turned the ball over 12 times against the Bucks five of those coming in the first quarter, which assisted in giving the Bucks a 38-18 lead in the first quarter. Westbrook was the main offender turning the ball over four times in the first quarter. The Thunder would turn the ball over three more times in the second quarter but managed to find a way to take care of the ball better in the second half only turning the ball over four more times all together which was a catalyst for their comeback.
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Bucks lead 26-11, 2:35 1Q. Milwaukee's shooting 11-19, OKC 4-12. Thunder has 5 turnovers.
— Brett Dawson (@BDawsonWrites) December 30, 2017