Thunder suffer worst loss at home since moving to OKC
Thunder fans are probably tired today, both emotionally and physically after last night’s late game in which the Thunder suffered its worst home losses since moving to Oklahoma City, 122-105.
Thabo Sefalosha got the start again over Caron Butler, a decision that some saw as curious on the part of coach Scotty Brooks as the Thunder won the last two game in which Butler got the start. But that wasn’t the only anomaly on the night.
Clippers point guard Chris Paul, who is known for his assists, scored 32 points and dropped eight of nine three-pointers. The Clippers as a team shot 55 percent from the field and made 15 of 29 attempts from beyond the arc.
Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook scored a team high 29 points with Kevin Durant following at 25 and Serge Ibaka at 12.
Oklahoma City led briefly in the first quarter, but after a 24-6 run, the Clippers took hold of the lead and never let go. The Thunder committed 11 turnovers in the first half alone, finishing with 17. The Thunder shot 46 percent from the field and 32 percent from three-point land.
Game 2 will be Wednesday night in Oklahoma City.
Wizards get win on the road in Indiana, take improbable lead in Eastern Conference Round 2 series
In the early game last night, the Wizards shocked the NBA world by defeating the top-seeded Indiana Pacers on their home court, getting their first second-round win since 1982.
The magic men of Washington beat the Bulls in 5 games in round 1 and continued their onslaught into game 1. The Pacers lost their second-straight game one in a playoff series and looked largely inefficient all over the floor.
Roy Hibbert, who played at an all-star quality through the regular season, looked more like a lost rookie on the court, who didn’t get a single point or rebound in the game.
Even seven straight minutes with no basket from the Wizards wasn’t enough help for the Pacers to rally, who eventually lost 102-96.
Paul George and George Hill both scored 18 points to lead the Pacers and half of Hill’s points came on three 3-pointers that came too late for a rally.
Washington has won seven straight games on the road and nine of its last 10., including the end of the regular season. Ironically, too, the Pacers held the Wizards to 66 points on January 10th, the lowest single-game point total in the NBA this season. It only took the Wizards 26 minutes to top that mark last night.