Late fourth quarter, one point game. A dagger 3 is drilled and the 3 holsters are busted out.
Except it wasn’t Russell Westbrook doing it this time. It was O.J. Mayo.
If there was ever the type of game set up for failure, it was this one. The Thunder were coming off a week they had topped three of the NBA’s best teams with another big one Wednesday. They were on the second game of a back-to-back and hosted a good Memphis team that had been struggling and was desperate for a good win. The Thunder had their chances, and if Mayo’s 3 doesn’t drop Oklahoma City has the ball with 30 seconds left and down by one, a position they’ve excelled at. Instead this time they were the ones getting daggered.
“Give credit to Memphis. I thought they did a good job of putting their hands on us and being physical throughout the game,” Scott Brooks said. “I can’t fault the guys. We’ve been playing great basketball. We’ve been playing high level both ends. But tonight we were a little out of sync on both ends.”
It looked like the type of home game OKC was going to find a way to pull out after Nick Collison triggered a spark with a pretty outstanding putback dunk. Russell Westbrook got going, the Thunder were getting enough stops and it was just about making a few shots, grabbing a few rebounds and finishing up with a win. Keep Reading…