By Nhan Doan
Thunder barely got their job done against short-handed Spurs.
San Antonio traveled to Oklahoma City without its premier scorer LaMarcus Aldridge and Tony Parker, whom sat out to rest. It should have been a comfortable outing for the Thunder against an injury-plagued opponent, but they barely got their job done Sunday. Oklahoma City (10-12) never got its offense going, which allowed San Antonio to stay in the game despite having the lead for only 2 minutes and 12 seconds. Carmelo Anthony and Paul George returned to the locker room after the first half with a combined three points, before ending the game with eight and nine, respectively. It was messy until the end, as OKC committed a turnover on the inbound on the final possession, but wasn’t penalized thanks to Brandon Paul missing the potential game-tying three-pointer.
Free throws still a woe
Free throws will be a season-long problem for the Thunder, as the team was fourth-worst in free throw percentage coming to this game. Oklahoma City went 10-for-21 on the line on Sunday, which indicated the team’s struggle converting at the charity stripe.
Westbrook recorded another triple double, Adams impresses
Westbrook carried the Thunder to the much-needed victory while the other superstars struggled. He ended the night with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, which earned his sixth triple double of the season. Meanwhile, Steven Adams carried from a 27-point performance against Minnesota on Friday with another strong outing. Adams recorded 19 points, 13 rebounds and had the game’s highest plus/minus of +13, making the most of Aldridge’s absence.