While most of Oklahoma looked away, the Thunder wilted. As OU trounced the inferior Connecticut Huskies for their first BCS bowl win in some time, the Oklahoma City Thunder were completely destroyed by the San Antonio Spurs. The Thunder never led, and the last time they got to within 2 was when the score was 6 to 4.
It's funny, because Gregg Popovich has been talking about how he hates that the Spurs are scoring around 103 Points Per Game. He claims the team is all about defense. Well, Mr. Popovich can stop his complaining right here. Because the Spurs succeeded in limiting the Thunder to 74 points. That means not only did the Spurs starters destroy the Thunder, but the Spurs backups did as well. It was just a case of getting off on the wrong foot, tripping, getting run over by a bus, and then having your remains cremated and flushed down your worst enemy's toilet.
There was a time in the second quarter where the Thunder showed signs of life and got the lead down to 9, but it was quickly erased by another Spurs run. All seemed lost at the half, but you could really tell the game was over by the end of the third.
But there's just not much else to say about this game. Our defense was adequate at best, and our offense was off-the-charts horrible. Everything about this game was depressing, right down to Auld Lang Syne being played at the end of the broadcast. Let's just move on to the awards....
Thunder Wonder: Serge Ibaka, 14 Points, 13 Rebounds, 1 Steal, 4 Blocks
Thunder Down Under: Kevin Durant, 16 Points, 4 Rebounds, 1 Assist
Thunder Blunder: Russell Westbrook, 8 Points, 3-11 Shooting, 4 Rebounds, 2 Assists, 6 Turnovers, 2 Steals
Thunder Plunderer: Tony Parker, 14 Points, 4 Rebounds, 10 Assists, 2 Steals