BY DARNELL MAYBERRY •
Modified: December 9, 2008 at 1:50 pm •
Published: December 9, 2008
For the Thunder, it was the same ingredients that have combined to form what’s been a recipe for disappointment this season — bad defense, numerous turnovers and missed free throws.
The Thunder offered no resistance as the Warriors shot 50.6 percent, including a 72.2 percent clip in the first quarter that led to a 29-23 lead after the first 12 minutes. A 32-19 Warriors second quarter extended their lead to 19 at the half.
"I’m extremely disappointed in our effort in the first half,” said Brooks, who’s one promise to Oklahoma City fans when he took over for P.J. Carlesimo was his team would play hard every night. "We can’t afford to dig ourselves a hole like that. It’s unacceptable...Coming back from the road, we were expecting to bring it in front of our home fans and we didn’t in the first half.”
The Thunder committed 22 turnovers, four fewer than its season-high. Oklahoma City made just 12 of 20 free throws, missing seven of 10 in the fourth quarter to ensure its rally fell short.
"It was a step back,” Brooks said. "But it’s a step back where we have to take from it and learn from it.”