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Thunder Suffer A Tough Loss In Denver

Craig Hofeld

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RAPID RECAP

The Thunder got off to a very hot start in Denver on Tuesday night. Although they had the lead in the beginning, the story of this game was very much about the Thunder comeback. After leading early, it was a long time before Oklahoma City held another lead. Denver was essentially scoring at will, and the Thunder was having a tough time scoring down the stretch in the first quarter.

The Thunder took another brief lead in the second quarter, as the Nuggets struggled to find the basket. Oklahoma City came up with a ton of turnovers early, but Denver was able to capitalize late in the first half. The Nuggets had Russ and the rest of the team very much frustrated. To make matters worse, Paul George was struggling. In the meantime, the Nuggets were on fire on offense. Denver held a 64-51 lead at halftime.

After shooting 2-18 from beyond the arc in the first half, the Thunder came out looking to improve on that in the second half. Russell Westbrook and Paul George started the half with three pointers to cut the Nuggets lead to 7. After those shots, the Thunder struggled to find offense in the third quarter. Jerami Grant was essentially the only offense the Thunder had. Despite Grant’s big third quarter, the thunder trailed 91-78 heading into the final twelve minutes.

The fourth quarter is very much when the comeback dramatics started. This thunder team has comeback from so many deficits this season, that this one felt like it would end the same way. Oklahoma City went on an 18-2 run in the fourth to take their first lead since midway through the second quarter. However, Jokic and the rest of the Nuggets had other plans. Denver went on their own run to end the game to coast to a 121-112 win over the Thunder.

THUNDER PLAYER OF THE GAME

Tonight’s player of the game is a first timer, I’ve got to give it to Jerami Grant. Grant was the only reason why the Thunder had a chance in this one. He was the only source of offense for a majority of the third quarter. He recorded 21 points on 9-12 shooting, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists. When the rest of the team was struggling, Grant was the one constant for the Thunder.

BACK HOME ON THURSDAY NIGHT

The Thunder will be back in action on Thursday night at home in Oklahoma City. They’ll take on the Philadelphia 76ers at 7:00 PM CST. The game will be televised on TNT and broadcast on the radio at WWLS 98.1 FM.

76ers star Joel Imbiid will not play Thursday, which means the Thunder should have a huge advantage in the paint. A win is always nice, but a win against Philadelphia is especially nice.

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