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OKC Thunder Game 5 Report Card: Grades reflect a frustrating night

The Thunder led only once, 17-16, and trailed by double digits most of the second half. The grades reflect such a frustrating night.
by Berry Tramel Published: May 2, 2013

Westbrook reception: B. Maybe the loudest ovation of the night came when Russell Westbrook was shown sitting in the arena's suite level during the game's first timeout. Westbrook smiled wide and waved to the crowd. But befitting this frustrating night, when play resumed, the Rockets reeled off eight straight points, wiping out the Thunder's only lead of the night and taking a 24-17 lead.

Reggie Jackson: A. Jackson kept the Thunder alive in the fourth quarter. He scored 11 points in the final 61/2 minutes, including seven straight for OKC that made it a 98-92 with 4:15 left. Jackson finished with 20 points on 7-of-15 shooting.

Foul shooting: C. The Thunder made 20 of 28 foul shots but was just 10 of 15 in the second half. The last three times the Thunder went to the foul line – Kevin Durant once, Derek Fisher twice – it made just one of two. That's no way to rally.

Three-point game: D. The Thunder did not find the Rockets' shooters in transition. The Rockets made 13 of their first 28 3-pointers; James Harden made his first seven and finished 7-of-9, with his last miss a halfcourt heave that shouldn't really count. Meanwhile, the Thunder missed 14 of their first 15 3-pointers and finished 8-of-33. Kevin Durant was 1-of-8; Martin was 0-of-5. The Thunder can't win with that kind of discrepancy.

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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