The Defense Rests for Thunder in Loss at New Orleans
The Oklahoma City Thunder scored 119 points at New Orleans, but gave up 123 in a four-point loss to the Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center on Thursday night, February 25.
The Pelicans scored 35 points in the first quarter and 34 in the fourth quarter, making 12 of 20 from three-point range.
The Thunder outshot New Orleans, hitting 55 percent from the field, but couldn’t get stops when they needed them.
The Pelicans built a 10-point lead in the first half, then got the margin to 12 late in the fourth quarter before a late OKC run made it closer.
Russell Westbrook led the Thunder with 44 points and added 9 assists.
Kevin Durant had 32 points and 14 rebounds.
Serge Ibaka was the only other Thunder player in double figures with 15 points.
Anthony Davis, who poured in 59 points against Detroit last Sunday, had 30 points, while a pair of Pelicans bench players had more than 20 points.
Ryan Anderson scored 26 and Jrue Holiday 22.
OKC drops to 41-17 on the season.
The Thunder play their only home game during a seven game stretch when they host Golden State on Saturday, February 27, at 7:30 pm at Chesapeake Arena.