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First Half Struggles Lead To A Loss For The Thunder At Home

Craig Hofeld

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We don’t have too long before the All-Star break as the Thunder took on the Spurs Tuesday night for their last home game before the much needed time off. Many teams struggle to bounce back after the break, so finishing the first half of the season on a high note is always key. However, the Thunder came out in this one looking like they already had theirs eyes on this upcoming break.

The Spurs have under performed for the most part this season, but they came out ready to go in this one. On paper, Oklahoma City was the far better team in this matchup. It’s safe to say this was a let down of a performance from the Thunder. That being said, you have to give some props to the Spurs for their execution on both ends of the floor.

San Antonio beat the Thunder in essentially every stat category. The only stat OKC had the advantage in was three point percentage. They shot 35.5% compared to the Spurs at 28%. San Antonio barely edged out Oklahoma City on assists and steals, but they out rebounded them 46-35. Another major advantage for the Spurs was blocks. They had 7 total blocks compared to only 2 for the Thunder.

The Thunder couldn’t seem to find any offensive rhythm in the early parts of this game. The Spurs held OKC to just 14 points in the first quarter. Chris Paul was solid all night long, but he was just about all the Thunder had to rely on for consistent scoring. After getting off to the slow start, the team just couldn’t dig themselves out of the first half hole. The Spurs took this one 114-106.

Thunder Player Of The Game

Chris Paul has to be the player of the game. CP3 was the only reason the Thunder stayed in this one. He finished the night with 31 points on 12-18 shooting from the field. He also recorded 7 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 steal, and 1 block.

One More Game Before The Break

The Thunder will take on the Pelicans in New Orleans on Thursday night for their last game before the All-Star break. This will be Oklahoma City’s first chance to play against Zion Williamson. The game will tip-off at 7:00 PM CST, and it will be televised on FSOK.

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