Game Grades: OKC Thunder come out flat again in loss to Nets

The OKC Thunder came out flat against the Brooklyn Nets and suffered their second straight loss to open up the road trip.

Jan 5, 2024; Brooklyn, New York, USA;  Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2)
Jan 5, 2024; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) / Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
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The Oklahoma City Thunder may have had their worst performance of the season on Friday.

The Thunder fell to the Brooklyn Nets 124-115 for their second loss in a row. After a disappointing loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday, the Thunder came out with a lack of urgency and never got into a rhythm until it was too late.

The OKC Thunder dug too big of a hole to come back in Brooklyn.

After competing close for the first few minutes, the Nets took off toward the end of the first quarter. Eventually, it would result in a 28-point halftime lead that grew to as large as 32 in the third quarter

While many things went wrong for the Thunder, rebounding was at the forefront as they gave up 20 offensive rebounds for the fifth time this season. Outside shooting was also a major factor.

The Thunder missed their first 11 shots from beyond the arc on the way to a 9-of-31 night from that range.

Still, the Thunder fought back late and got the Nets’ lead down to six but did not have enough time to complete the comeback. For the second straight game, the Thunder showed fight in the second half after an abysmal start.

Oklahoma City will have a chance to get off to a better start and back in the win column on Monday when they play the Washington Wizards.