The Oklahoma City Thunder ran out of steam Wednesday night on the second night of a road back-to-back in Golden State.
After leading for most of the game, the Thunder were outscored 28-20 in the fourth quarter and lost the game 104-99 to fall to 33-10 on the season.
The Warriors were led by Stephen Curry who finished with 31 points and seven assists. David Lee had 22 points and 12 rebounds and Carl Landry had 20 points off the bench.
The Thunder tried to close out the game with Kevin Durant at the four which normally improves their offense but the Warriors double teamed him on every possession down the stretch and the Thunder could not capitalize.
The Thunder are off tonight and will play next on the road vs. the Sacramento Kings Friday night.
Here are the Game Grades:
Kevin Durant – 39 minutes, 33 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists – A
Durant was super efficient going 10-for-17 from the field and 11-of-12 at the line. He also had nine assists but none of those came in the final six minutes of the game. He ended up with six turnovers including three in the fourth as the Thunder offense could not get baskets after Durant was doubled. It was mostly isolation for Durant which made it tougher on him but with Russell Westbrook shooting so poorly, the Thunder didn’t really have another option.
Russell Westbrook – 36 minutes, 10 points, 4 assists, 5 rebounds – D+
Westbrook had one of his worst games of the season last night. Not only was he 3-for-16 from the field but he allowed Curry to go off for 31 points. Westbrook simply wasn’t making his pull-up jumper and started forcing things which resulted in six turnovers for him as well.
Serge Ibaka – 27 minutes, 12 points, 5 rebounds, 3 blocks – B
Ibaka played well in the first half but then couldn’t find many minutes down the stretch. Scott Brooks elected to go with Nick Collison and Kendrick Perkins instead with Durant at the four. With the Thunder offense sputtering, not having Ibaka really hurt them.
Kevin Martin – 32 minutes, 16 points, 1 rebound, 4 steals – A
Martin shot the ball very well making 6-of-9 shots and 2-of-3 threes. When he is hitting his shots, he looks really good. But when he is missing, it looks pretty bad. You can’t blame Martin for not getting any looks down the stretch as the Thunder just couldn’t find him. The Warriors were playing some pretty good defense too.
Kendrick Perkins – 33 minutes, 12 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists – A
This may have been Perkins’ most productive game of the year so far. He made 6-of-8 field goals including the shots that he usually bricks. It was a huge waste for the Thunder to lose despite Perkins giving them this.
Thabo Sefolosha – 32 minutes, 5 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists – C+
The Warriors were spelling Sefolosha in the fourth quarter, leaving him wide open as they doubled Durant. Sefolosha couldn’t make them pay going just 1-for-7 from the field. He still always made the right basketball play, the shots just weren’t falling.
Nick Collison – 19 minutes, 4 points, 3 rebounds – B
Another solid game from Collison. He made just 2-of-6 shots though which is unlike him. The Thunder bigs produced decently last night but overall were drastically outplayed by Golden State’s.
Reggie Jackson – 12 minutes, 5 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists – A
Jackson was very good in his short time on the floor last night. He was aggressive with the drive and got some assists as well. It’s starting to get exciting whenever he comes in with him producing so well lately. The rebounds are awesome from him too.
DeAndre Liggins – 7 minutes, 2 points, 2 rebounds – B+
Liggins was very energetic while he was out there. He grabbed an offensive rebound and scored his only basket on that same play after some great hustle.
Perry Jones, III played three minutes in the first half and didn’t have much of an impact.