Tuesday's result: Suns 104, Thunder 102
Pace: 49 wins
Analyzing the Thunder’s performance during its march to the postseason.
From Nick Collison taking charges, to Thabo Sefolosha diving on the floor for loose balls, to James Harden coming up with big fourth-quarter steals, the Thunder made all the gritty plays throughout the night that generally gives teams a good chance to win.
Oklahoma City blew a 10-point lead inside the final five minutes and a seven-point advantage inside the final two minutes. The Thunder has closed out games better of late, but the early season struggles cropped up again and cost the home team a 10-game winning streak.
Despite ranking 18 spots ahead of the Suns in rebounding differential, the Thunder allowed the Suns to win the rebounding battle, 45-35 and control the game through their work on the glass. The Thunder’s rebounding has been one of the biggest sore spots this season, and against better rebounding teams that will be an even bigger factor.