The Oklahoma City Thunder lost a heartbreaker last night at the hands of the team with the worst record in the NBA, the Washington Wizards.
Rookie Bradley Beal pump faked then dipped under Kendrick Perkins and made a jump shot with 0.3 seconds left to put the Wizards ahead 101-99.
In the fourth quarter, the Thunder did a terrible job rebounding and allowed double-digit second chance points by the Wizards in the period, including the final two points.
The Wizards had 13 offensive rebounds for the game and made 10-of-18 3-pointers. The Thunder struggled mightily from beyond the arc making just 6-of-25 threes.
OKC falls to 26-8 on the year and will play next on Wednesday at home against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Here are the Game Grades:
Kevin Durant – 41 minutes, 29 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists – A
Durant again had one of his best all-around games of the season flirting with a triple-double. He scored seven points in the final half of the fourth quarter to try and will the Thunder to a victory. His final bucket was a ridiculous 3-pointer with a hand in his face to tie the score at 99. If anything, you maybe would have wanted Durant to shoot more in this game while some of his teammates were struggling but that would have been forcing it. He took what he was given and played a great game.
Russell Westbrook – 40 minutes, 17 points, 8 assists, 3 steals – C
Westbrook came into the game shooting close to 60 percent over his last four games and with a very favorable matchup against the Wizards. He ended up shooting 4-for-17 in this one though as he settled for too many jumpers and drove to the rim out of control too much. There’s not a lot of room for error with this Thunder team when Westbrook struggles from the field like this and that was the case last night.
Serge Ibaka – 35 minutes, 26 points, 11 rebounds, 2 blocks – A+
Ibaka scored a career-high 26 and was super hot from the field from the start. He made nine of his first 11 shots including a 3-pointer at the buzzer of the second quarter. He did work on the offensive glass again too grabbing four boards there and was solid on defense as well. It’s just a shame such a good game by Ibaka comes in a loss and also a very rare thing for this team.
Kevin Martin – 29 minutes, 8 points, 2 rebounds – D
How did the Thunder lose to the Wizards? Look no further than Martin going 3-for-12 from the field and 0-for-6 from downtown. He’s been in a shooting slump which is tough to cure on the road. He got plenty of good looks and the misses weren’t far off. That’s the issue when you rely so much on jump shots and can’t get offense otherwise. He only went to the line twice.
Kendrick Perkins – 29 minutes, 0 points, 11 rebounds, 2 blocks – C+
The 11 rebounds is nice to see from Perkins who has been better in that department of late but zero points in this game hurts. He only took two shots but the Thunder are essentially playing four on five on offense when he’s out there and they couldn’t overcome that last night.
Thabo Sefolosha – 29 minutes, 14 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist – A
Sefolosha gave the Thunder a great game in the midst of a few others struggling. He made 2-of-3 threes and scored three other field goals as well. When he is aggressive on offense, the Thunder are always at their best.
Nick Collison – 16 minutes, 1 point, 3 rebounds, 1 assist – B
Collison didn’t attempt any field goals or get any offensive rebounds. The second unit for OKC was pretty bad last night mostly because of Martin. The Thunder bench only totaled 13 points and two assists.
Reggie Jackson – 8 minutes, 2 points, 1 rebounds, 1 assist – D
Jackson went 1-of-5 from the field and didn’t generate any offense for anyone else. The Thunder would have probably been better off with Eric Maynor last night.
Hasheem Thabeet – 7 minutes, 0 points – C
Thabeet didn’t record any stat except for one foul.
DeAndre Liggins – 5 minutes, 2 points, 3 rebounds – B+
Liggins was very active cutting a lot on offense and also got two offensive rebounds. Seeing more minutes for him won’t be a bad thing.