Another Squandered Double-Digit Lead Leads To First Two-Loss Streak At Home In Nearly Two Years

Another Squandered Double-Digit Lead Leads To First Two-Loss Streak At Home In Nearly Two Years

This is starting to become a trend that should be concerning to every Thunder fan. I understand that Russell Westbrook is a big contributor to the team. But, when you’re blowing 16-point leads in two consecutive losses at home, you can’t blame that on Westbrook’s absence. I don’t care who is missing playing time, there is simply no valid excuse for letting big leads like that slip. Now the Thunder have felt the sting of consecutive losses at home for the first time since March of 2012.

Joe Johnson celebrates with his team after hitting the game-winner as time expired.

Joe Johnson celebrates with his team after hitting the game-winner as time expired.

Although I have to admit, the Nets were hitting some big shots last night. Deron Williams steal and 3-ball, all in less that a second to end the 3rd quarter, really hurt us.

I’m not going to lie to you. That was insane.

Deron Williams puts a shot up over Steven Adams. Williams led all scorers to take the floor last night with 29 points.

Deron Williams puts a shot up over Steven Adams. Williams led all scorers to take the floor last night with 29 points.

The 1st was the usual back-and-forth, with neither team’s lead exceeding 5. The Nets finished out the 1st up 3 (29-26).

Serge Ibaka tries to shoot over the outstretched arm of Paul Pierce. Ibaka posted a 10-point, 11-rebound double-double. Pierce contributed 18 points for the Nets.

Serge Ibaka tries to shoot over the outstretched arm of Paul Pierce. Ibaka posted a 10-point, 11-rebound double-double. Pierce contributed 18 points for the Nets.

The 2nd was when the Thunder built the 16-point lead. They sparked an 18-6 run with just under 10:00 to play in the half, which extended the lead to 13 (50-37). Then a 7-0 run with just under 2:00 in the half finished the lead (59-43). Alan Anderson closed the half by hitting the back end of his 1-and-1 to pull the Nets within 15 (59-44).

Kevin Durant reacts to some good news. Durant finished with 24 points.

Kevin Durant reacts to some good news. Durant finished with 24 points.

The Nets started the 3rd off quickly by immediately sparking an 11-3 run that pulled them to within 7 (62-55). Yet the Thunder were able to keep them at bay for the entirety of the 3rd, even finishing the 3rd up 11 (77-66).

Durant warms up prior to the action.

Durant warms up prior to the action.

What killed the Thunder was the fact that they went cold for the second straight game in the second half. They managed a total of 18 points in the 3rd, and an abysmal 16 total in the 4th. If they could have managed 20 apiece for both quarters, I’d be writing about a Thunder victory. As it stands, this 95-93 loss drops the Thunder to 25-7, while improving the Nets to 11-21. The biggest kick in the gut? This was the first time the Nets pulled off the victory when entering the 4th on the wrong side of the scoreboard (1-19 record when trailing going into the 4th).

Paul Pierce goes for the lay-up as Perry Jones tries to block. Jones finished with 11 points off of the Thunder bench.

Pierce goes for the lay-in as Ibaka attempts to block it.

Serge Ibaka finished with a double-double of 10 points and 11 boards. Kevin Durant led all Thunder scorers to hit the floor with 24 points, and Perry Jones played big minutes off the Thunder bench last night, finishing with 11 points.

Perry Jones throws it down. Jones finished with 11 from the Thunder bench.

Perry Jones throws it down. Jones finished with 11 from the Thunder bench.

No double-doubles from the Nets, but Deron Williams’ 29 points led all scorers to take the floor last night. Paul Pierce threw down 18 points, and Alan Anderson provided 13 bench points.

Alan Anderson tries to maintain control of the ball. Anderson finished with 13 points off of the Nets bench.

Alan Anderson tries to maintain control of the ball. Anderson finished with 13 points off of the Nets bench.

The Thunder had better figure out what their issue is, because they’re headed to the site of their biggest loss this season. The Timberwolves will be welcoming the Thunder to the Target Center tomorrow night looking to replicate their last home victory over them. And now they’ll get another chance to show us exactly how Westbrook’s absence hurts the Thunder. Tip-off time is scheduled for 7pm CST and will be broadcast via Fox Sports Oklahoma, WWLS The Sports Animal, and NBA League Pass.

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