Kevin Martin scored 28 points, Kevin Durant flirted with a triple-double and Josh Smith didn’t play for the Atlanta Hawks. The Oklahoma City Thunder still lost 104-95 as the shots just weren’t falling late.
The Thunder trailed 100-91 with 1:28 to play following a 3-point shot by DeShawn Stevenson. OKC would score on their next two possessions and cut the deficit to just five.
Russell Westbrook found himself wide open for a 3-point shot with 25 seconds left that could have pulled the Thunder within two had he made it, but it wasn’t that kind of night for him. Westbrook missed the shot and finished the night with just 14 points on 5-of-18 shooting.
Durant scored 22 to go with 12 boards and eight assists but was pretty much nonexistent late making field goals for the Thunder. The all-around effort is nice but Durant is supposed to lead the league in scoring for a reason. OKC needs more points from him in the dominant fashion he has shown before.
The Thunder shot 46.5 percent from the field but turned the ball over 20 times. Their defense was poor as well allowing 49.4 percent shooting by Atlanta and 12 offensive rebounds.
Al Horford led the Hawks with 23 but it was Lou Williams off the bench with 19 that really hurt OKC.
The Thunder got off to a slow start which is always the case when Westbrook is having a night like this. He never found his rhythm and a shoulder injury in the first quarter may have contributed to that.
Martin came in and scored 22 points in the first half with 19 coming in the second quarter. He didn’t appear in the second half until late in the third quarter and just made two more threes the rest of the game.
A bright spot for the Thunder was Serge Ibaka offensively. He finished with 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting and made a few jumpers. He still looks pretty much like the same Ibaka from last season.
No rookies saw playing time tonight. Scott Brooks experimented playing Reggie Jackson alongside Eric Maynor in the first half partly because Atlanta was playing two small guards. Nothing came good or bad from that lineup.
There are still a lot of new parts on this team and the rotation will look different later in the year when it’s all figured out.
The Thunder fall to 1-2 on the year and will play their next game vs. the Toronto Raptors at home on Tuesday.