Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE
Despite a number of impressive individual performances, the Philadelphia 76ers fall to the Oklahoma City Thunder 116-109.
The Philadelphia 76ers went toe-to-toe with the defending Western Conference champions for 48 minutes, but wound up losing to the Oklahoma City Thunder 116-109 in overtime at the Wells Fargo Center.
The victory was there for the taking in the fourth quarter, but the Sixers were never able to completely wrestle control of the game away from the Thunder. Oklahoma City took charge in the extra session, scoring 18 points in overtime after scoring just 13 in the entire fourth quarter. Kevin Durant scored 29 of his game-high 37 points after halftime, and despite going cold for an extended stretch of the second half, Russell Westbrook finished with 30 points and nine assists.
While the end result will sting for quite a while, there were plenty of positives to take out of this game. Thaddeus Young had a career night (29 points, 15 rebounds, four assists), and Evan Turner was as aggressive as he's been on offense all season (26 points, five rebounds, four assists).
The Sixers are now 7-6 on the season, and 4-4 in games at the Wells Fargo Center.
- The Sixers actually made six more field goals and grabbed one more rebound than the Thunder, but the free throw disparity between the two teams ultimately wound up being the difference. Oklahoma City was 32-for-37 from the charity stripe, while the Sixers were just 12-for-17.
- Jrue Holiday simply couldn't get things going on the offensive end (and wasn't all that impressive on defense, either). Holiday had 10 first-half assists, but was only able to muster six points on the night (on 3-for-11 shooting) thanks in large part to foul trouble.
- Kwame Brown stunk on ice tonight. Not only did he play terrible defense, but he somehow had a layup attempt that didn't even hit the rim. While most of his teammates were decent in the first half, Brown went into intermission at a -9. Brown never came back into the game.
- Jason Richardson re-injured his left ankle against the Thunder - his status for tomorrow is currently uncertain.
More to come in a bit...
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|Oklahoma City Thunder||29||21||35||13||18||116|