Thunder Burned by Suns, Squander three-game winning streak
As the Oklahoma City Thunder ventured 959 miles to cap their back-to-back streak, the Thunder caught a jet lag – sulking the seeded Phoenix Suns 113-101.
For the Thunder, the loss set fire to their three-game winning streak, all against seven of the conference’s top contenders. They are now basking in an 11-20 record.
Oklahoma City saw some turbulence to open Wednesday’s game, giving in early to a 14-3 deficit and a 29-17 deficit at the mark quarterback – totaling a mere 7-of-25 (28.0%) clip.
The Thunder acclimated to the weather in the second period, imposing a 16-2 advantage in the paint en route to a 48-45 lead by the horn at halftime. To end the period, Oklahoma City posted a 30-13.
After changing the buckets to start the second half, Phoenix took the lead with a 10-2 run midway through the quarter – blazing a 23-4 stint at its peak. Going into the fourth quarter, Oklahoma City fell to 82-69.
Rooted with a 4 of 8 three-point patch, Oklahoma City reduced the hole to single digits in the final five minutes of play. But, with Phoenix warming up to sunset, they fell short.
After his triple-double in his second career, Shai Gilgeous-Alexandre outclassed his former teacher, Chris paul, edging the 36-year-old, aged 29 to 16. SGA’s interior prominence persisted through Wednesday, collecting 14 points in the paint while generating 7 assists; however, a faulty 2 of 6 remote output reduced his options.
As a collective, Oklahoma City shot a measly 11 of 41 (26.8%) from range while Phoenix caught fire from deep, placing a 15 of 39 (38.5%) clip.
Cheeky Cameron Johnson led the Suns’ perimeter charge, fueling a perfect 7-of-7 (5 of 5 3PT) shooting clinic on the bench to feature a 21-point effort. In the starting nucleus, Devin Booker added 30 points.
With Marc Daigneault Stirring two-way winger Aaron Wiggins in the rotation, the former Terrapin provided a ball of energy for 5 points and 3 rebounds. Following the departure shift, Darius bazley added his kick off from the bench for 8 points and 10 rebounds.
After a week-long streak of almost triple doubles, Josh giddey did not reach triple ten territory, ending the night with 17 points (7 of 17), 6 rebounds and 2 assists.
Next, the Oklahoma City Thunder (11-20) will face the New Orleans Pelicans (12-21) on Sunday.
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