After an exciting game one of the series for Oklahoma City the Thunder seemed to come out a bit dull in game two on Monday night. After the first quarter alone anyone could tell that it was going to be a completely different game. The Mavericks were hitting their shots and the Thunder did not seem to have the confidence that they had last game.
Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant both struggled in this game, going a combined 15-of-55. For some reason the two could not get it going all game. Kevin Durant especially seemed to have troubles in this one. He missed 26 shots by himself which ties a record set by Michael Jordan for most missed shots in a playoff game in the past 30 years. Luckily enough for the Thunder some of their surrounding pieces managed to step up in the second and the third quarter.
But when it was all said it done it came down to the fourth quarter for the Thunder. Many around the league will go about talking how it was another blown fourth quarter lead for OKC but it should not count. The lead was never more than single digits.
The Thunder also had their chances in the final moments of the game. Kevin Durant got an open look to tie the game at 83 but missed it, Steven Adams was able to pop it back out to Durant only for him to miss it again. The Mavericks would go one to extend it to an 85-84 lead with about seven seconds left in the game. Raymond Felton was at the line and missed both of his free throws. The Thunder had no timeouts remaining so had to get to running.