The OKC Thunder started the game really well against the Milwaukee Bucks. Initially their perimeter shots seem on with Darius Bazley making two and both Al Horford and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander making one. The Thunder ended the quarter with a slight lead, 20-16.
The second quarter was a little less dour with the Bucks starting to exert their inside presence, with their superstar MVP Giannis Anetokounmpo going to the line four times in the first two minutes. It took the Thunder almost two minutes to score in the period.
The Thunder tried to build a wall in front of Antetokounmpo again but it is not often that he can be stopped effectively by the same team twice in a row. The Thunder lost the quarter by eight points and went into the half down 46-42
The OKC Thunder could not recover from a poor third period.
The Thunder had another poor third period, they let the Bucks get the first 12 points of the period which extended their lead to 16 points. They were pretty much able to manage the lead from then to the end of the game, extending their lead to over 20 points at times.
The Bucks then held the Thunder at bay in the final period. In true Thunder style they did not give up, they actually won the final period 23-20 but it was not enough to take down a top Eastern Conference team who needed to come out of a slump.