Oklahoma City Thunder: Turnovers plague OKC in loss to New Orleans Pelicans

The Thunder committed 21 turnovers in a 105-102 preseason loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.
by Anthony Slater Published: October 17, 2013

But their young roster has been extremely impressive in the preseason, winning all five games, including wins over the Rockets, Mavericks and now Thunder.

“They're a good team,” Brooks said. “They've got shooters all over the floor. They've got guys that can rebound, bigs that can stretch you out and make plays.”

On Thursday, second-year forward Anthony Davis led the way, scoring 18 points and six rebounds. He had plenty of help from Eric Gordon (21 points), Al-Farouq Aminu (12 points, 10 rebounds) and Ryan Anderson (18 points, six rebounds).


Late in the first half, as Thunder center Hasheem Thabeet tried to get out and contest a three, he ran squarely into the chest of Pelicans center Greg Stiemsma.

Neither of the 7-footers seemed to take kindly to the physical play, leading to a brief shoving match and quick double-technicals for each.

It's the second straight Thunder preseason game with a midgame tussle, as Denver's Nate Robinson was ejected on Tuesday night for throwing a quick forearm shiver at OKC's Steven Adams.


In the first three preseason games, non-Kevin Durant Thunder players were a combined 5-of-41 from 3-point range. On Thursday, they went an impressive 9-of-17.

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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