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OKC Thunder Fall To (3-8) In A Physical Loss To The Rockets (69-65)
The Thunder came into tonight looking for a turnaround after their lose to the Pistons on Friday in overtime. Reggie Jackson took losing to the Pistons on Friday very personal and make it known to the media when he admitted that Brandon Jennings destroyed him in the second half. So what does Reggie do to get over it he came back to Chesapeake Arena on Sunday to try to get a win that the team desperately needs. The Rockets were clicking on all cylinders as the game was a lot of back and forth throughout the evening. The Thunder couldn’t stop Dwight Howard in the paint he was grabbing rebounds and he was making his newly developed skyhook. But it wasn’t Howard who handed the Thunder it’s 8th lose of the season it was his sidekick James Harden. James ended the game with 19 points and 9 rebounds and proved that his game comes in the clutch when its needed. Harden hit a stepback jumper on Jeremy Lamb in the last couple of seconds of the game that quieted the crowd and gave the Rockets a 3 point lead.
Reggie Jackson is playing on fire individually and tried to make another great play to try to save the day but when he got the inbound pass he didn’t expect for Dwight Howard to be guarding him as he had to change his shot up and adjust. The Thunder combined for 14 assists and at some points in the game they looked lost on offense. Scott Brooks is still trying to get the offensive schemes together with his new players that have developed major roles while Westbrook and Durant are out. The Thunder only shot 29% from the field and they were being aggressive as Lance Thomas had a game high of 15 points for the Thunder. Thomas has been playing like a man on a 10 day contract and is elevating his game week by week.
The Thunder will be in Utah Tuesday and will try to improve to 4-8 on the season. The Thunder are banged up and it is very clear that they are a title contender when everyone is healthy. The Thunder should be getting Perry Jones and Andre Roberson back some time very soon and that would help out a lot on the defensive and offensive side.
The Thunder have to play through Reggie Jackson and Serge Ibaka to try to stay afloat until the rest of the troops come back from injury. Reggie Jackson will have another personal challenge on Tuesday as he faces Trey Burke and will try to limit him to low scoring and low assists. Serge and Adams will have to share the task of going up against Favors and will have to try to find a solution for the Jazz in transition if they will compete and get that 4th win.
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