A team goes up 10-0, you get this feeling this game is going to be a blow out in the Thunder’s favor. Two hours later you’re sitting on your couch, wondering where things went wrong and why you decided to be a basketball fan. The Thunder’s 94-86 loss to Sacramento leaves more questions already.
The Kings picked up their first win since Oct. 20, a span of 19 days.
While the Thunder led by as many as 17 in the first half, it was the Kings that powered back and led 42-41 at halftime. It appeared this was going to be a tough battle but the Thunder struggled to get quality shots, settling for contested jumpers. They didn’t rebound and allowed a 36-year old Zach Randolph to pretend it was the 2011 NBA Playoffs.
“It starts with me” Westbrook said. “Part of my job is to do that and make sure my guys are ready to play. I take ownership in that. It’s part of my job to get us back on a roll.”
Westbrook struggled going 7-for-21 from the floor. He turned the ball over seven times and missed six threes. Often those misses were ill advised shots.
With the starting five struggling, Sacramento’s reserves scored the team’s first 29 points — an NBA record, according to Elias Sports Bureau. The previous record was 23 set by Milwaukee against Orlando on April 5, 2011.
The Thunder shot only 33 percent from the floor. Not far from the franchise record of 28.4 percent against the Lakers in 2016. Oklahoma City seemed to be lackadaisical on loose balls and chasing defenders. Backdoor cuts were open for the Kings and settling for threes were plentiful.
While the Kings went up by 12 in the fourth quarter, you knew Oklahoma City was going to make a run. They did, cutting it to 77-76 with 4:29 remaining. However, Carmelo Anthony picked up a technical foul and Buddy Hield nailed a three, increasing their lead to five in a matter of seconds.
Oklahoma City will travel to Denver to get their act together against the Nuggets on Thursday night. Tip-off is scheduled a 9:30 p.m. tip-off on TNT.
Keys to the Game
Oklahoma City scored 18 points on nine offensive rebounds. However, the Kings out rebounded the Thunder. Oklahoma City falls to 0-6 when being out rebounded. The Kings are now 2-0 when out rebounding their opponent.
Share the ball: F
Only 15 assists for the Thunder. Westbrook has six of them. Way too many ISO shots and no movement within the offense. This was one of the worst games when it comes to sharing the ball. Oklahoma City does SO well when they share the ball. Oklahoma City is 0-5 when their opponents has more assists.
Get to the line: A
This is about the only thing the Thunder did well tonight. They attempted 23 attempts, making 18 of them. Westbrook even did things right. He made 4-of-5. This is something we need to see on the regular. No more 15-19 attempts. More 23-28 attempts.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!