Just like last time, the Thunder suffer a one point loss to the Houston Rockets, 104-103.
The game was close throughout, until the Thunder took an 11 point lead with 2:29 to go in the game.
Their only basket from there on out was a Russell Westbrook free throw. The Thunder were outscored 13-1 to end the game.
Kevin Durant had the opportunity to win the game, but missed a jumper.
Serge Ibaka got the rebound and was blocked on the Thunder’s final attempt to score.
Similarly to the game against the Cavs, they struggled to close out Rockets late in the game. Durant led the team in scoring with 28, followed by Westbrook’s 19.
Kevin Durant- A- 28pts/12reb/4ast/1stl
Durant had a pretty average game for him this season, scoring 28 points on 18 shots. He took advantage of the smaller Rockets lineup to grab 12 boards. The four turnovers did not help, but overall a solid game from Durant.
Russell Westbrook- C 19pts/4reb/4ast/1stl
Not a very good shooting night for Westbrook, shooting only 39% from the floor, missing all of his 3-point attempts. He also only had four of the team’s 22 assists. When Kendrick Perkins has more assists than Russell Westbrook, it is either a really good game, or a really bad game, the latter being the case last night.
Serge Ibaka- B- 12pts/8reb/1ast/2blk
When Chandler Parsons went to the four, at times, Ibaka was forced to go out to the perimeter to guard him. That spread out the defense, allowing the Rockets to have more options on offense. Ibaka is the key to the Thunder defense, holding down the paint, to give the guards a little more leeway. Again, Ibaka’s jumper has been great, as of late, he hit two more 15-footers this game.
Kendrick Perkins-B 2pts/4reb/5ast/1stl
Perkins played 30 more minutes of solid defense for the Thunder. His offense was nowhere to be found, but it’s never really been there, so I’ve given up on that. With the trade deadline looming, it doesn’t seem likely that anyone gets moved, but you never know what could happen.
James Harden- C+ 16pts/4reb/7ast/1stl
It seems like Harden never shoots that well against the Rockets. They have good guards, defensively, and it looks like they have figured out how to guard him when he is the only threat on the court. He will always find ways to score, but he needs a little help off the bench to be more efficient.
Rest of the Thunder- B+
As a group, everyone else really stepped up their game last night. They combined for 24 points, which isn’t all that great, but a lot better than usual. Nazr Mohammed led the group with 10 points and 6 rebounds. Nick Collison put in some quality minutes, as well.