It can only be described as heartbreaking when you lose your best played game all season, in the final two seconds, on a miracle 3 point shot at the buzzer after having done the exact same thing just seconds before. In our gameday post you saw that these two teams lit up the scoreboards in all four of their meetings last season, and tonight would be no different. The Thunder had probably their best overall, and easily best offensive performance of the season. Mid way through the 2nd quarter the Thunder took control of the game (outscoring Denver 38-21 in the period) and held the lead all the way until the final few minutes of the game. The Thunder once again let the lead slip away, but battled back and gave themselves a chance to win, and with only a few seconds left, Kevin Durant hit a wicked 3 point shot off the inbound to give the Thunder a 120-119 lead with just 2 seconds left on the clock. But 2 seconds is too much time to leave the Nuggets, and Carmelo Anthony, as he hit a 3 point shot off the inbound to give the Thunder their fourth buzzer beater loss of the season.
Its definitely a hard loss to swallow, but you really do have to come away from this game feeling better about the way this team is playing. Two months ago, this would have been a 130-80 win for the Nuggets, and tonight, the Thunder took them to the wire, and nearly pulled off the big upset. It really seems like the offense is starting to jell a bit more, and just seems like they are actively trying to get each other good looks, sometimes looking a bit too much, but overall, just better ball movement.
Its really encouraging to see the better play now as they prepare for Krstic to join the squad, with any luck, next week. Until he gets the go ahead to play a live game, he is hard at work with the rest of the team trying to get game ready, and develope a report with his new teamates. Scott Brooks commented on being surprised how far along Krstic is at this stage, so things are definitely starting to look a bit better. It'll be interesting to see what kind of trades Presti gets involved in before the deadline to make this team more competitive.