The Oklahoma City completed their regular season on Tuesday with a loss to the San Antonio Spurs, 102-98. The loss put their regular season record at 55-27 with a Northwest Division title and the 3rd seed in the Western Conference Playoffs. Thunder fans and the Oklahoma City Thunder team think there were many wins left on the table this season. Losing 14 games with a lead going into the 4th quarter certainly doesn’t help at all. But the Thunder would tell you that 55-27 is very respectable.
With the regular season wrapped up, let’s take a look at a few high points and low points so far of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Best win: Toronto Raptors. The Thunder won their 8th straight game in Toronto, 119-100. At the time, the Thunder’s eighth straight was NBA’s longest current winning streak. Russell Westbrook got his 16th triple-double of the season to put him just one triple-double behind Magic Johnson for the NBA record. Westbrook posted 26 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists for his triple-double. Kevin Durant put up 34 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists on 11-27 shooting, 3-10 behind the arc, and 9-10 from the line. Serge contributed 15 points, shooting 6-12 from the field, and grabbing 9 rebounds. Dion Waiters was the specialist off the bench for the Thunder. Waiters had 15 points, shooting 6-10 from the field, and 3-4 behind the arc.
Worst loss: Los Angeles Clippers. The Thunder blow a 22 point lead to lose at the Clippers, 103-98. The Thunder had a 16 point lead with 7:30 left in the 4th quarter and let the Clippers go on 26-5 run to end the game. The Clippers outscored the Thunder, 35-13, in the 4th quarter. The Thunder were looking to carry some momentum from their 131-116 win in Sacramento a few days earlier and get a win against the Clippers before their big matchup against the Golden State Warriors. It certainly looked like the Thunder were already looking ahead to their matchup against the Warriors during the 4th quarter against the Clippers at the Staples Center. Kevin Durant scored 30 points and Russell Westbrook had 24 points with 12 assists. This game was the day that part-owner of the Thunder, Aubrey McClendon, died from a car crash when his sport utility vehicle slammed into a concrete bridge embankment in Oklahoma City shortly after 9 a.m. The Thunder organization and fans certainly had a rough day on and off the court.
Kevin Durant’s regular season stats:
-28.2 points per game, 8.2 rebounds, and 5 assists
-64 straight games scoring 20 points or more, the most consecutive games to do that since Michael Jordan in 1990-91
-Kevin has 8 more games of 20 points or more to tie Michael Jordan’s record of 72 and 9 more to break the record
Russell Westbrook’s regular season stats:
-23.5 points per game, 7.8 rebounds, and 10.4 assists
-18 triple-doubles and 54 double-doubles
-Russell’s 18 triple-doubles led the league and are the most since Magic Johnson had 18 during the 1981-82 season. His seven in March were the most by any player in a calendar month since Michael Jordan had seven in April 1989
The Thunder’s first-round Western Conference playoff series is against the Dallas Mavericks with Game 1 tonight at 8:30pm at the Peake. Let’s hope that Russell and Kevin keep up these ridiculous stats and the Thunder team plays with consistency. Russell and Kevin would probably tell you that all of these regular season stats don’t mean a thing now. The only thing that matters now is winning and moving closer toward the goal of an NBA Championship.
It’s playoff time in Oklahoma City. Are you ready Thunder fans?