Once again the Thunder headed into a game with a chance to get their first ever back to back wins, and just like the six other times, walk away with a loss. It wasn't for lack of effort though as the Thunder competed in their second straight overtime contest. It was a pretty interesting game tonight, albeit frustrating at times, for both teams. It was definitely a game of runs, and early in the third quarter the Nets went on a run that ultimately doomed the Thunder, a 16-0 run. They did manage to turn things quickly back in their direction with an 8-0 run of their own, but any time you give up 16 straight points, its going to be hard to recover.
Ultimately what cost them the game tonight was turnovers, 22 of them, compared to 13 for the Nets. Essentially that gave the Nets 9 more scoring opportunities, and its hard to win when you give the other team that many more chances. Durant had 5 turnovers tonight and had an especially awful one late in the 4th quarter trying to hit Green on a crosscourt pass that was easily picked by Vinsanity. KD has developed this nagging little problem of turnovers in important spots in the game lately and needs to focus a bit more on his ball control and decision making. Not to take anything away from KD, as he's the main guy really pushing this team to be competitive, and did so again tonight with a team high 26 points and 9 boards.
In overtime the Nets went on a run of 7-0 to start the extra period and in the end it was just too many points to come back from in the short 5 minute overtime period. The Thunder did fight back despite the run to make it interesting in the final few minutes, but in the end it was just too big a deficit to overcome.
Also in our gameday post this morning we noted it would be important to contain Vince Carter, Devin Harris, and Brook Lopez. Vince Carter finished with 21 points, Harris with 17, and Brook Lopez with a HUGE 31 points and 13 rebounds. I think its safe to say that we didn't accomplish our gameday keys for tonights game.