At some point, bad basketball just catches up to you.
The Thunder played a dismal offensive first half, shooting under 28 percent but hung in the game behind a strong effort at the free throw line. They battled back from 13 down in the third quarter to take a three-point lead going into the fourth, but there was just a feeling about this game. The kind where despite OKC clawing back into the game, it felt like the Suns still had things in hand.
It was like the Thunder was scrambling to figure things out all night. Kevin Durant did a nice little takeover job in the fourth quarter, hitting a number of jumpers to keep Oklahoma City close, but there were just too many costly defensive lapses and bad turnovers to overcome. For instance, with a little over a minute left after getting a big stop and trailing by three, instead of going back to an offensive set, Durant brought the ball up the floor for what I presume was going to be an isolation on Josh Childress.
Durant, who tends to have some issues in isolation with a defender picking and swiping at the ball, lost it to Childress. The Suns ended up capitalizing and went up five with 45 seconds left. That was a tough margin for the Thunder to work with at that point and they couldn’t ever get it tied. Keep Reading…