Prior to the game, the always witty Scott Brooks joked to the media, “We’re going to go down 10 and we’re going to see how good Jerry is coaching with a lead.” How prophetic that was. (If you’re unaware, Utah has come back from double-digit second half deficits in five consecutive games to win.)
With 5:15 left in the first quarter, Oklahoma City trailed the Jazz 26-14 and really looked completely overmatched, overwhelmed and any other “over” word you want to toss in. The home crowd was rocking, the Thunder defense was borderline pathetic and I think we were all having flashbacks to the beating Utah put on OKC a couple weeks ago.
But somehow, the Thunder weathered the storm. Partly because Kevin Durant kept them in the game with 15 first quarter points, but OKC somehow got through the first 12 minutes only down six.
And the Thunder kept building on that momentum. After a truly awful start for the Thunder that included their broadcast showing a KSU-Missouri football game, they lead 50-48 over Utah at the half. Then they came out and pushed it up to 12 with a few minutes left in the third. We all thought it was going to be a big mistake, just forcing Utah to come back yet again, but the Thunder did an interesting thing. They played really, really well down the stretch. Keep Reading…