After the Thunder started the game shooting 11/11 from the field which helped them take a a 25-10 lead, it looked as if Oklahoma City would get out of town with an easy win. That was not the case as Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks fought back to take a 65-63 lead over the Thunder with 4:28 left in the third quarter. Oklahoma City and Milwaukee exchanged leads throughout the rest of the game, but the Bucks simply would not quit as a rowdy crowd helped fuel the team to a 98-94 win over the Thunder.
Second-Half Shooting Struggles
Oklahoma City started the game hot, not missing a field goal until 8:50 into the first quarter, and they finished the half shooting 22/37 (59.5%) from the field, but the second half was a much different story. The Thunder managed to shoot just 4/19 (21.1%) in the third quarter and 14/42 (33.3%) overall in the second half, which ultimately doomed their chances of winning the game.
After starting the game shooting 6/11 from the floor, Russell Westbrook struggled mightily in the second half shooting 0/8 in the third quarter and 3/9 in the fourth. He has been especially good in the fourth quarter this season, but he took several ill-advised shots, and he missed all four three-point attempts.
Bench Is Noticeably Absent
One area that the Thunder has drastically improved lately is bench scoring, but the second unit was not much help at all tonight. Semaj Christon led all bench scorers with 11 points, which was a career-high for him, 7 of which he scored in the fourth quarter. Alex Abrines was the next highest scorer off the bench with 6 points. Abrines returned to normal play tonight after leaving early two nights ago following a rough fall, and while he started hot making his first two three-point attempts, he failed to make another shot after that.
Adams Shines Despite Loss
Steven Adams continued his strong play as he started the game off with 16 points at the half on 7/7 from the field before finishing with 20 points on 9/11 shooting and 2/2 from the free throw line. He also pulled down 8 rebounds and swatted 3 shots. This was Adams’s fourth time this season to score at least 20 points.
Thunder Head to Charlotte
The Thunder will travel to Charlotte for their first matchup of the season against the Hornets. Charlotte has a 19-16 record and has won 5 of their last 8, including 3 of their last 4 at home. Tip-off is set for 6 PM CST and will be televised on FSOK. It will also be broadcast on the radio at WWLS 98.1 FM.
Article written by Zack Low. Follow @TheThunderGuys on Twitter and Instagram.