Thunder Rocked By Rockets, Fall 122-112 In Second Meeting

MILWAUKEE WI – MARCH 07

MILWAUKEE WI – MARCH 07

Especially with the coaching staff we have and how well they're coaching, we're just so tied into each other that it makes you want to go out there and have fun. Raymond Felton 3 of 8. Kelly Oubre made two free throws with 1.8 seconds left to ice the game. ". A lot of guys have been out, like tonight Joe Johnson and Ryan Anderson, and yet we're able to win and that's been because of our depth and the guys that we have".

Among those who have played as many minutes, only one player in the NBA has a lower assist-to-pass percentage than Anthony * a href="https://stats.nba.com/players/passing/?Season=2017-18&SeasonType=Regular%20Season&DateTo=03%2F06%2F2018&sort=AST_TO_PASS_PCT&dir=-1&PerMode=Totals&CF=MIN*GE*1903" target="_blank" rel="noopener" *(3.5 percent) so far this season. Houston whipped the ball around, turning down OK shots for good shots and good shots for great shots. Many times, the Rockets got corner 3-pointers, the best shot in basketball. OKC has dropped to 19 in 3-point defense, .367, and the Thunder's overall defense has fallen to 10.

After sitting in the top five for much of the season, the Thunder slipped to seventh in the West and were part of what was shaping up to be an all-out battle for a spot in the playoffs. The offense has improved (up to 12; still not good enough) but the defensive slide means the Thunder has no chance. It was a mixture for the Thunder as to why the giveaways racked up - some of it was playing with a slowed pace, attacking in isolation too much and some careless passing.

Runs in the third and fourth quarter from Milwaukee were quickly canceled out by bursts from Eric Gordon and Chris Paul, and in spite of very strong performances from Giannis Antetokounmpo and Sterling Brown, the Bucks came out on the losing side once again. Teammate Kelly Olynyk missed a put-back, and Miami was forced to foul. And then the three-point line, when a team like that is making threes it's always tough because you're in a scramble situation. Though he is capable of putting up big numbers, he's prone to foul trouble, averaging more than three per game this season, and does the vast majority of his scoring in the paint.

The Wizards pulled out a 117-113 overtime win against the Heat behind Bradley Beal's 30 points on 12 of 16 shooting.

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