Thunder Blow Double Digit Lead to Nets, Lose 2nd Straight at Home
The Oklahoma City Thunder blew a double digit lead to Brooklyn, and Joe Johnson hit a jumper from the top of the key as the buzzer sounded, leading the Nets to a 95-93 win at Chesapeake Arena on Thursday night.
It’s the second straight home loss for OKC, and the second straight game in which they held a double digit lead and couldn’t go on to win.
The back-to-back home losses are the first for the Thunder since March of 2012.
Kevin Durant paced Oklahoma City with 24 points, but took just 13 shots.
A Durant three-pointer late in the first half put OKC up 15, and that was the margin at halftime.
The Thunder led by as many as 16 points late in the third quarter, 77-61.
But the Nets dominated the rest of the game, outscoring the Thunder 29-16 in the final quarter.
Deron Williams led Brooklyn with 29 points, and his three-pointer put the Nets up 91-89 in the final minutes.
OKC never led again, but did tie the game on a short jumper from Serge Ibaka with five seconds to go to make it 93-93.
There was plenty of time for the Nets to win it though, and Johnson dribbled until he found some daylight and knocked down the jumper as the buzzer sounded.
Besides Durant, only two other players were in double figure scoring for the Thunder, with Ibaka scoring 10 with 11 rebounds.
Perry Jones scored 11 points off the bench.
The Thunder outshot the Nets 50 percent to 44 percent.
OKC drops to 25-7 on the season, and will visit Minnesota on Saturday night at 7:00.
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