OKC Thunder: 3-point shooting saves stagnant defense in comeback win over Nuggets

On Monday night, when the Thunder's typically reliable defense failed repeatedly throughout an unenergized three quarters, it was the typically shaky long-range shooting that kept OKC in the game.
by Anthony Slater Published: November 18, 2013
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Throughout the early season, the prevailing area of concern surrounding this Thunder team has been its lack of 3-point shooting.

Its Achilles heel. The one glaring hole that might haunt OKC come playoff time.

But on Monday night, when the Thunder's typically reliable defense failed repeatedly throughout an unenergized three quarters, it was the typically shaky long-range shooting that kept OKC in it, eventually leading to a 115-113 comeback win over the Nuggets.

“That's a bright spot,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said postgame.

Overall the Thunder made 13 threes, four more than its previous season-high. And 10 of those — on an efficient 17 attempts — came in the first three quarters.

The Thunder trailed by nine heading to the fourth, when it finally turned up the defense and turned the game.

But without the long-range barrage, it could have been a lot worse.

So in some ways, this was an encouraging night, building outside confidence for a team that entered shooting 30 percent from 3-point range, fourth-worst in the NBA.

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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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