OKC Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant blames loss on his late defensive lapse

Durant: “I messed the game up at the end, got lost and (Nic Batum) hit a three. I can't do that to my team.”
by Anthony Slater Published: December 5, 2013

With the Thunder trailing by one in the final minute and needing a late stop, Kevin Durant fell asleep.

Out of a timeout, the Blazers dialed up a perfect play call, running Nic Batum off a pindown screen, which Durant failed to fight through, leading to a wide-open three that essentially sealed the Blazers' 111-104 win on Wednesday night.

BOX SCORE: BLAZERS 111, THUNDER 104

Durant, after the game, blamed the loss on that late defensive lapse.

“I messed the game up at the end, got lost and (Batum) hit a three,” Durant said. “I can't do that to my team. Unfortunate loss for us. I felt like we had that game.”

WESTBROOK FINE

Throughout a physical second-half, Russell Westbrook had a few rough falls, barreling into the teeth of the Portland defense with his kamikaze style.

And toward the end of the game, Westbrook was seen limping, a scary sign for Thunder fans who know his recent injury history.

But postgame, although Westbrook didn't talk to the media, he didn't look injured and a Thunder spokesman said he was fine.

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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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