Russell Westbrook took over the game down the stretch but OKC’s defense couldn’t force any stops or turnovers late. A pair of Jeff Teague layups, one contested by Morrow and the other by Roberson, were the final nails in the Thunder’s coffin. There would be no winning offensive or defensive winning plays by OKC.
The final score was 106-100, Atlanta over Oklahoma City. The Thunder clawed back from a first half deficit on an 18-3 run, making it a 54-53 game at the half.
Yet again, the Hawks pulled away, and yet again, the Thunder came screaming back. OKC went on an 8-0 to tie up the game with a little less than four minutes remaining in the fourth.
Westbrook was dominant in the fourth quarter, scoring six points of OKC’s 8-0 run to knot the game up late. It was concerning, however, to see Westbrook take the game over and failing to get Durant involved. This will surely give Westbrook’s critics more ammunition than they already had.
Russ lead the team in points, boards, and assists. He finished with 34 points, 17 of them coming in the fourth. He tallied 11 rebounds and seven assists. Kevin Durant also pitched in 25 points with six boards and six assists.
OKC tried, but the Hawks simply outlasted them. Perhaps with some luck or a better start, the Thunder could have pulled it off. On the road, though, the margin of error is zero. It was a matter of too little, too late for OKC.
The Thunder are now 11-7, while the Hawks move to 12-8 on the season. Next up, OKC will take on the Heat in Miami Thursday at 6 p.m. central time.