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Thunder Views: Third quarters, defensive struggles, and Carmelo’s Irish exit

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Thunder get stung! Get it? Because Hornets? Ha! Last night was horrible.

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OKC was hoping to come out of Monday night with a win, a .500 record, and a two game win streak heading into their upcoming three game road trip. Well that didn’t happen, as the Hornets rolled into town and had six players in double figures while shredding OKC’s defense.

Spotlight

Third quarters have become really prevalent as of late, and last night it was for all the wrong reasons. After a ruthless Russell Westbrook dunk that tied the score at 66 with just under 6 minutes left, Charlotte went on a 26-8 tear to finish the quarter and take control of the game.

It happened in the blink of an eye, and the Thunder were never able to get back into this one. One would think this Westbrook dunk would turn the momentum in OKC’s favor, but it did just the opposite.

Quick Rumbles

  • Westbrook finished with 30-4-7 while PG had 20 and 5. Melo had 11 and was -21. The trio shot 22/48 FG.
  • The OKC defense clearly missed Andre Roberson, who didn’t play Monday due to a sprained ankle.
  • Alex Abrines got his third straight start but had a rough shooting night, going 2/9 from the field and 2/7 from three.
  • OKC was 24/25 from the free throw line.
  • Melo left the locker room and did not speak to reporters following the game.
  • Charlotte shot 53% from the field and 52% from beyond the arc.

A Look Ahead

The Thunder continue their busy week and head to Indiana on Wednesday night. They’ll face off against Victor Oladipo, who has been on an absolute tear as of late, having recently been named as the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the 2nd time this season.