The Oklahoma City Thunder suffered their first double-digit loss last night falling to the Brooklyn Nets at home 110-93 to drop to 24-7 on the season.
The Thunder fell behind early and could never fully recover, only tying the game midway through the fourth quarter at 85 before the Nets then ran away with the game.
Joe Johnson led the Nets with 33 points and scored 20 of his points in the first half. Brook Lopes scored 25 points.
The Thunder will play their next game against the Philadelphia 76ers at home Friday night.
Here are the Game Grades:
Kevin Durant – 41 minutes, 27 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists – B
Durant was not at his best last night turning the ball over five times and being ejected in the fourth quarter for the first time in his career. He shot the ball fine making 11-of-17 shots but the looks didn’t come as easy as they did the first time OKC played Brooklyn. Durant will surely feel bad about the ejection, apologize to the fans and come out eager to dominate in the Thunder’s next game.
Russell Westbrook – 42 minutes, 26 points, 10 assists, 2 rebounds – B+
This is the third straight good game from Westbrook which is about the only good thing the Thunder can take away from last night’s game. He did turn the ball over six times but he has been under much better control shooting the ball lately and last night especially. He did a decent job containing Deron Williams and holding him to 5-of-12 shooting too.
Serge Ibaka – 37 minutes, 14 points, 8 rebounds, 5 blocks – B
Ibaka was a little less efficient than usual making 6-of-13 shots but he did make another corner three while the Thunder were coming back. He was abused at times defensively though going for shot fakes too blindly and it cost the Thunder while every possession was so crucial as they were coming back.
Kevin Martin – 27 minutes, 11 points, 1 rebound – C
Martin is still struggling to shoot the ball going 3-for-10 last night. It’s pretty obvious that when he is not hitting his shot, he becomes pretty useless as evident by his team-worst minus-20 plus-minus last night.
Kendrick Perkins – 27 minutes, 3 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists – B+
Grabbing 11 rebounds in 27 minutes is a big night for Perkins. He wasn’t perfect though as the Thunder really struggled to score and get stops in the first quarter and it’s hard not to point a finger at Perkins as to why.
Thabo Sefolosha – 34 minutes, 5 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists – C+
Sefolosha’s job was to shut down Joe Johnson and he failed at that, allowing 33 points and committing five fouls as well. The Thunder could have used a little more offense from him as well.
Nick Collison – 14 minutes, 4 points, 1 rebound, 1 block – C
This was an uncharacteristically poor game from Collison, at least by his standards. One of the reasons was the defensive breakdowns by OKC while he was in which caused him to hack players at the rim a few times. When the Thunder went small with Collison at the five, they didn’t make a run like everyone always expects either.
Reggie Jackson – 6 minutes, 0 points – C
Jackson only played in the first half as Westbrook played the entire second. He did nothing except commit one turnover so was pretty quiet.
Hasheem Thabeet – 8 minutes, 0 points, 1 rebound – C
Thabeet didn’t get a lot of run either and fumbled a nice Jackson feed while rolling to the rim which was unfortunate.