If the Oklahoma City Thunder had lost their game tonight, they would have lost three in a row for the first time since 2011. The fact that they were playing the team with the worst record in the NBA was no consolation, because they lost to the worst team in the Western Conference two games ago. However, the Thunder prevailed and knocked off the Milwaukee Bucks on Jan. 11, 101-85.
Kevin Durant continued to play well, scoring 33 points with 10 rebounds, and Serge Ibaka seems to be finally over his flu like symptoms and is playing like he has most of the season with a fantastic double-double. Ibaka scored 17 points and added 17 rebounds in the game, while adding three blocked shots in the game.
Reggie Jackson, who has been solid most of the season, has struggled over the past week and only scored 14 points in the game with four assists. Luckily, Jeremy Lamb was impressive off the bench, scoring 17 points, and shooting guard Thabo Sefolosha added 14 of his own with six rebounds.
The turning point came in the third quarter. The Thunder only led 38-35 at the half, but Oklahoma City exploded in the third quarter, scoring 39 points and taking a 15 point lead into the final period. Kevin Durant missed his first eight shots but calmed down and finished the game hitting eight of his final 10 attempts.
"Yeah it got away in the third quarter," said Bucks coach Larry Drew. "I thought defensively we had some breakdowns and against a good team you just can't do that. Offensively our shot selection wasn't very good and we didn't move the ball very well."
The Oklahoma City Thunder next hit the road on Tuesday, Jan. 14, for a game with the Memphis Grizzlies.