Thunder Drops 3rd Loss, Fall to Bulls 98–104
Kevin Durant had a quiet, complete game while Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka chipped in, but little help came from other Thunder players.
Westbrook had a great start, scoring 10 points on 4/8 shooting. Durant didn’t score much (3 points), but he did have 4 assists. Serge got his shot going early, starting 4/4 from the field for 8 points.
The defense started off strong for the Thunder, allowing only 8 points for the Bulls in the first 6:23 of the quarter. They allowed the Bulls to get back in the game, however, turning a once 9-point lead into only 3.
The Thunder led 28–25 over the Bulls after the first quarter.
The Thunder got off to an incredibly slow start scoring only 4 points in the first 4 minutes. Durant started off the game 2/9, but then he hit 3 shots in a row to finally get something going. Russ finished the half with 14 pts on 6/11 shooting plus 5 assists; KD had 12 pts on 5/13 shooting with 5 rebs and 5 assists. Serge with 11 pts, 4 rebs. Bright side: only 3 first half turnovers. Thunder trailed 50–57 at the half.
Thunder gave up 32 second quarter points and were outrebounded 20–28 for the half. Not much else to say.
Thunder trailed 50–57 at the half.
The scoring continued for Durant, Westbrook, and Ibaka, but the Thunder did not have much help from anyone else.
Third quarter defense for the Thunder was highlighted by some big blocks by Serge Ibaka. Derrick Rose had a few impressive buckets, but overall, the Thunder played well, holding the Bulls to 19 points.
Thunder cut the deficit to 73–76 to end the third.
The Thunder started off with some stale offense due mostly to a lack of bench scoring. Once Kevin Durant checked back into the game, he was able to put a scoring run together, but without anyone else contributing, it wasn’t enough to get a win.
The Thunder played probably their worst defensive quarter of the season to the end game against Chicago. The Bulls started off the 4th with a 9–0 run, which put Oklahoma City in a hole they couldn’t get out of it. Derrick Rose took over the game in the final minutes, scoring 10 of Chicago’s final 12 points, due mostly to an inability by the Thunder to make adjustments on pick and rolls.
The Thunder fell to Chicago 98–104.
Kevin Durant finished the game with 33 points on 13/29 shooting, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists; Russell Westbrook had 20 points on 7/18 shooting, 8 rebounds, and 10 assists; and Serge Ibaka poured in 17 points on 8/14 shooting and 6 rebounds. Despite an impressive performance from the Thunder’s big three, there wasn’t much help from anyone else. Enes Kanter scored 11 points on 3/7 shooting, but no other Thunder player had anywhere close to double digits.
The Thunder had a few bright spots throughout the game, but what ultimately cost them the game was the inability to deal with mismatches created by Chicago’s pick-and-roll offense. Derrick Rose specifically took advantage of being guarded by Enes Kanter, which allowed Chicago to score quickly and easily in clutch time.