The Oklahoma City Thunder went down to San Antonio to take on the Spurs on Thursday night. In what promised to be a fantastic game, the outcome certainly did not disappoint.
The Thunder quickly jumped out to lead to start the first quarter. OKC was moving the ball around well, and getting some help from Terrance Ferguson beyond the arc. To no surprise though, Coach Pop had the Spurs right back in it within minutes.
The Spurs aren’t known for shooting a ton of threes like most teams in the league. However, when they do shoot them, they shoot very efficiently. Especially on Thursday night against the Thunder.
San Antonio managed to shoot 84% from beyond the arc for the entire game. That’s just insane. The defense for Oklahoma City is partially to blame for this. The Thunder simply left too many guys open on the perimeter. For a team that is focused on defense, the Thunder certainly didn’t play like it in this one.
Oklahoma City waited too long to turn up the intensity on the defensive side of the ball. When they finally started to play solid defense in the fourth quarter, it was too late. The best the Thunder could manage was overtime.
— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) January 11, 2019
In the end, the Spurs came out on top 154-146 after two overtime’s. It was certainly one of the best games of the season, but it didn’t work out in the favor of the Thunder.
THUNDER PLAYER OF THE GAME
Russell Westbrook was back to his old ways in this one. He recorded 24 points, 24 assists, and 13 rebounds. There have only been two triple-doubles with 20 or more points and assists in NBA history. Russell Westbrook has both of them. How could he not be the player of the game?
Russ has been dogged on for his play as of late. When he finally puts together a game like this, the rest of the team has to show up and get the win. There’s no reason a stat line like this should be wasted on a loss.
HOME ON SATURDAY
The Thunder will be back home on Saturday night to take on the Spurs once again. The last time the Thunder played the same team (Dallas) twice in a row, they lost the first one on the road, and won the second at home.
Oklahoma City will be looking to do the same thing at 7:00 PM CST on Saturday. The game will be televised on FSOK and broadcast on the radio at WWLS 98.1 FM.
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