The Oklahoma City Thunder lost to Brooklyn Nets 116-106 as Brook Lopez scored a season-high 31 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and the Brooklyn Nets snapped the Thunder’s seven-game winning streak with a 116-106 victory.
“It was a tough loss but that’s what happens in this league,” Durant said. “You come on the road and you’re not locked in from the beginning and you lose the game.”
Durant had 32 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, but Oklahoma City never led in the game that was delayed four hours by the blizzard that dumped more than 2 feet of snow on New York on Saturday.
The Thunder decided not to try to scramble to find a facility where they could have a morning workout Sunday and maybe that contributed to their lack of sharpness, though coach Billy Donovan credited the Nets instead.
“They dealt with the same circumstances we had to deal with,” Donovan said. “So both teams dealt with the weather, but to say that that impacted us would be making an excuse and I think it would be taking away from how well Brooklyn played.”
Russell Westbrook finished with 27 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists as the Thunder lost for just the fifth time in 27 games.
Taking advantage of a Thunder team missing starting center Steven Adams, Lopez shot 11 for 19 from the field in bouncing back from one of his worst performances of the season. He had been limited to just eight points Friday in a loss to Utah.
“We just weren’t happy with the way we’ve played the last however-many games. There’s a good amount of them,” Lopez said. “Utah was kind of the capper. I know for me personally it was just an ugly, ugly game and we wanted to come out and erase our memory of that.”
Lopez, who the Nets nearly dealt to the Thunder last season before Oklahoma City acquired Enes Kanter, averaged 28.5 points in the two meetings this season.
“Obviously being short-handed without Steve it’s hard for us, but we would’ve liked to have done better against him for sure,” said Nick Collison, who started at center and had just three points and four rebounds.
“We weren’t able to take away anything that he wanted to do, so that was disappointing.”
Bojan Bogdanovic added 18 points off the bench and Thaddeus Young had 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Nets, who snapped their five-game losing streak.
The Nets shot 57 percent in the first quarter, matched their best half of the season in taking a 60-52 lead at the break, extended it to 13 in the third quarter and never let it get closer than five in the fourth.