In their final game before heading into the playoffs, the Oklahoma City Thunder fell to the Los Angeles Clippers 107-103 in overtime.
Both teams sat major contributors in preparation for the playoffs. Heck even Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who started, played only 13 minutes.
With so much offensive firepower sitting, this game was low scoring. However, Oklahoma City finds somewhat offensive rhythm in the second quarter and is led by double digits at halftime.
Immediately to start the third quarter, the Clippers went on a 13-0 run and erased a 12 point Thunder lead. Overall, the Clippers doubled the Thunder in scoring during the third quarter, outscoring 33-16 in the third quarter.
Oklahoma City managed to regain the lead with a 10-0 run in the fourth quarter. The game would be tied 87-87, with five seconds remaining. Deonte Burton missed a pull-up jumper that would’ve won the game for Oklahoma City.
Led by Terrance Man, who was one assist shy of a triple, the Clippers went on to defeat the Thunder in overtime by a final score of 107-103.
With the veterans on the team sitting out, the Thunder’s younger players got the opportunity to play big minutes. Hamidou Diallo, who is known for his athleticism, showed much more in this game.
Diallo showed crafty ball handling and the ability to score off the dribble consistently. Playing nearly 40 minutes, Diallo scored a career-high 27 points. Not to mention, 11 rebounds, giving him his first-ever 20 point double-double.
Also, it wasn’t just attacking the rim for Diallo. He hit four of the seven threes he took tonight. If Diallo could average double digits off the bench in the playoffs, it would tremendously bolster Thunder’s bench.
In his return to the bubble, Dennis Schroder was very impressive. Schroder was playing in only his second game of the NBA restart. The Sixth Man of the Year candidate had left the bubble to celebrate his newborn daughter’s birth.
Primarily only playing in the first half, Schroder still managed to score 17 points. Despite the lack of recent game action, Schroder looks ready to impact the upcoming playoff series versus the Houston Rockets significantly.
Oklahoma City will play game one of their playoff series versus the Rockers on Tuesday.