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OKC Thunder vs. Denver Nuggets Game Grades


The Oklahoma City Thunder had their 6-game winning streak snapped last night on the road vs. the Denver Nuggets.

OKC played its second overtime game in a row and lost in the extra frame for the first time this season 121-118.

The Thunder had two illegal screen offensive fouls called against them in the final six seconds of overtime. They would still have a chance to tie the game in the final second but a three by Kevin Durant did not go down with three seconds left.

The Thunder shot 46.1 percent from the field for the game but allowed 48.4 percent shooting by the Nuggets as well as 20 offensive rebounds.

The Thunder also ended up with more turnovers than assists as a team with 23 vs. 22.

Here are the Game Grades:

Kevin Durant – 49 minutes, 37 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists – A

Durant had another big scoring night thanks to 21 free throw attempts again. This time he missed one of them making him 41-for-42 from the line over the last two games. Durant was just 7-for-20 from the field though and 3-for-10 from downtown. Durant did a better job getting his teammates going with eight assists but did end up with five turnovers.

Russell Westbrook – 48 minutes, 36 points, 9 assists, 8 rebounds – A

Westbrook was a huge force in this one just like Durant. He ended up shooting 10-for-26 from the field but it felt a little better than that. Westbrook hit a huge three from 27 feet away with 22 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 109 and send it into overtime. Westbrook would also flirt with a triple-double but did commit seven turnovers as well.

Serge Ibaka – 42 minutes, 16 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks – B

Ibaka playing 42 minutes and getting only six boards while Denver had 20 offensive rebounds is not a good thing. Ibaka was going for too many blocks and only got two while he should have been more focused on boxing out. Ibaka was efficient shooting the ball at 7-for-11 which is a lot better than he’s been in awhile so a good sign for the Thunder in terms of that.

Kevin Martin – 37 minutes, 18 points, 2 rebounds, 3 steals – B+

Martin found his shot last night and made 6-of-10 field goals and 4-of-6 threes. His biggest three came with 1:25 left in the fourth quarter bringing the Thunder to within a point of Denver. Martin got the clutch minutes down the stretch and a couple of times Denver took advantage of him at the defensive end while OKC switched every pick. Other than that, Martin did his job on the offensive end to a tee.

Kendrick Perkins – 31 minutes, 7 points, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks – C

The seven points on 3-of-4 shooting was a surprise from Perkins but like Ibaka, only getting five boards is simply unacceptable. Offensive rebounds is the biggest reason Denver won this game and that responsibility lies with Perkins and Ibaka mostly.

Thabo Sefolosha – 30 minutes, 4 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals – B

Sefolosha didn’t attempt any threes in the game and Scott Brooks went with Martin over him down the stretch since Martin was shooting so well. Three offensive rebounds and three steals are nice box sheet fillers from Sefolosha.

Nick Collison – 20 minutes, 0 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist – C+

Collison only took one shot in the game and missed it. He had two offensive rebounds but just two defensive rebounds in 20 minutes. The Nuggets were simply more aggressive on the glass last night and it cost the Thunder even with Collison on the floor.

Reggie Jackson – 6 minutes, 0 points, 1 steal – C

Jackson got hardly any run last night and didn’t have a chance to make any kind of an impact. He missed his only shot attempt, a 3-pointer.

Hasheem Thabeet played two minutes and DeAndre Liggins one minute.

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