After going up 85-82 with 3:14 to go in the game, the Thunder just shut down offensively.They didn’t score again until they were down eight with 24 seconds left, and by then, the game was over.
Kevin Durant led the Thunder in scoring with 23 points, Russell Westbrook has 19.
At points in the game, it seemed as if the Thunder were blowing out the Cavs, but the game was still close throughout. Oklahoma City turned the ball over 17 times, and were outrebounded 51-40 in the 96-90 loss.
On Saturday, the Thunder continue the home stand with the Charlotte Bobcats coming to town.
Kevin Durant- B+ 23pts/8reb/8ast/3blk
Even in bad games, Durant finds ways to score. After making only one of his seven 3-point attempts, he still managed to shoot 50% overall. The team leader filled up the stat sheet again, adding in eight rebounds and assists, along with three blocks. Still, he needs to be more careful with the ball, turning it over six times.
Russell Westbrook- B- 19pts/2reb/4ast/1stl
The trade deadline is around the corner, and as always, Russell Westbrook’s name is getting thrown around. It is not likely that he gets traded, but there isn’t much doubt he would excel as the number one option. Westbrook only dished out four assists, but limited his turnovers to three.
Serge Ibaka- A 13pts/7reb/1ast/6blk
Serge had a sequence where he blocked three shots in a row. That kind of defensive presence creates fear of the paint for opposing teams. Not only did Ibaka lockdown the paint, he added 13 points on 6-8 shooting. His jumper is getting to be more reliable, and continues to raise his stock.
James Harden- B 15pts/6reb/2ast/2blk
Just kind of an “eh” game for James Harden, he contributed five field goals for 15 points, and six rebounds. It’s hard to take much from single games this season, with the lockout and all.
Kendrick Perkins- B- 6pts/4reb/1ast/2blk
I liked what I saw from Perkins tonight. His effort on the offensive end was much better than it usually is, hitting three shots. Perkins added two blocks, and just played an average game overall.
Rest of the Thunder- C-
Nick Collison gave the Thunder 20 quality minutes, grabbing six boards and blocking two shots. Everybody else did nothing, as usual, and did not shoot well at all. The rest of the team shot just 32%, including Daequan Cook’s 1-6 from 3-point land. It was an incredibly average game for the Thunder, and the Cavs came to play.