By Adam Luther
The Thunder were unable to extend their modest three-game win streak, suffering a frustrating 100-95 loss to the Brooklyn Nets in Mexico City. The Thunder (11-13) held a 10-point lead throughout much of the first half, but were unable to pull away from the Nets (9-14), and they later allowed Brooklyn to take the lead late in the 3rd quarter. The Thunder were unable to score enough points down the stretch to win the game. With Paul George and Jerami Grant out with injuries, seldom-used wing Kyle Singler was pressed into 23 minutes of action, scoring nine points on 3-of-9 shooting.
Westbrook leads charge without Paul George
With two key contributors missing and Carmelo Anthony (5-of-20) struggling, the Thunder relied on Russell Westbrook. The reigning MVP scored 31 points, though he only shot 10-of-27 from the field. He also collected eight rebounds and dished out six assists.
NBA Global Games
Oklahoma City’s game against Brooklyn was played in Mexico City Arena as part of the NBA’s ongoing initiative to spread the game globally. Thursday’s game was the first time that the Thunder have participated in the NBA Global Games. The Nets will remain in Mexico City for a matchup against the Miami Heat on Saturday.