Carmelo Anthony played like himself tonight, and Kevin Durant didn’t. That in of itself could have been the main difference in Denver as Oklahoma City dropped its second straight game with a 112-107 loss to the Nuggets.
Durant finished the second half 1-9 from the field, including 0-4 in the fourth quarter, and the Thunder just didn’t have the gas to keep up with the Nuggets even with Russell Westbrook dominating the third quarter. Anthony on the other hand poured it in from all over the court and finished with 37 points on 12-25 shooting, with KD finishing with 22 points on a lousy 6-18 night from the floor.
Although it’s just third time this season Oklahoma City has dropped two in a row, it’s still just a wee bit troubling. I’m not one to overreact to a couple of losses — count me among those who shrugged at the loss to the Lakers because of the uncharacteristically bad (even for OKC) night from behind the arc — but I do think it’s at least worth noting that the Thunder has dropped four of its last five road games against teams currently in playoff position. That’s not a sign of doom, but it’s an indicator that there’s much work to be done. As if that wasn’t obvious already.
Oklahoma City wasted another stellar performance from Westbrook, who had a double-double with 28 points and 10 assists. Westbrook was a facilitator in the first half and a scorer in the second half, but the Thunder couldn’t manage to rally around him and get buckets when it mattered in the fourth quarter. Keep Reading…