The Thunder were in the game of overcoming double-digit deficits but on Friday night, they found out they can blow them, too. Oklahoma City blew a 21-point to the San Antonio Spurs and lost 100-95.
Oklahoma City fell 100-95 and are now 43-32 on the season.
Despite Russell Westbrook getting a triple-double, his 39th of the season, the Oklahoma City Thunder couldn’t overcome foul trouble and the Thunder couldn’t stop Kawhi Leonard. Westbrook had 32 points, 15 rebounds and 12 assists for his 39th triple-double of the season. He needs two more to tie Oscar Robertson’s single-season record of 41 set during the 1961-62 season.
Westbrook was heating up and Victor Oladipo scored 12 points in the first half. Oklahoma City led 54-41 at halftime.
Leonard scored 27 points, 19 in the second half and 13 in the third quarter. Oklahoma City led 69-48 with 5:56 left in the third quarter after Steven Adams made both free throws. It was the largest lead Oklahoma City would have all game.
Andre Roberson picked up his fourth foul with 6:48 left in the third, that’s when it all fell apart. Roberson checked out a short time later with Oklahoma City up 20. Leonard took over and scored nine points after that, cutting Oklahoma City’s lead to 76-71 after three quarters.
LaMarcus Aldridge’s dunk with 20.7 seconds left put the Spurs up 96-95. Westbrook drove to the hoop, but Aldridge blocked his shot. Leonard then drove the length of the floor, scored and was fouled. His free throw with 5.8 seconds left put the game out of reach.
The Thunder went up 83-75 with 7:41 remaining, but the Thunder struggled down the stretch as the Spurs outscored the Thunder 14-3 in the final two minutes. Westbrook made just 3-of-12 shots in the second half and shot 2-of-7 in the fourth quarter.
Oklahoma City will host Charlotte on Sunday 2 p.m. on Sunday. Russell Westbrook has never triple-doubled against the Hornets. He’ll try his best to do it then.
KEYS TO THE GAME
Hit the three: F
Oklahoma City lost their shot from deep and were unable to find it. Oklahoma City shot only 6-of-21 from deep. Westbrook and Oladipo were both 2-of-7 from deep. The bench was 2-of-4 from deep. Oklahoma City was only 1-of-9 in the seocnd half.
Make your free throws: A+
Oklahoma City was 23-of-27 from the free throw line and that really led to their first half lead. Oklahoma City was 9-of-9 in the first half from the three throw line. I’d like to see a lot more of this going forward.
Take care of the ball: F
18 turnovers leading to 19 Spurs points. That’s really where Oklahoma City cost themselves. They only had seven turnovers in the first half but the Spurs really took care of the Thunder in the second half and that’s why they outscored the Thunder 59-41 in the second half.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!