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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
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/articleid/3894883/1/pictures/2242429">Photo - Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) is fouled by New Orleans Pelicans Al-Farouq Aminu, right, during the third quarter of an NBA basketball preseason game in Tulsa, Okla., Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013. New Orleans won 105-102. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) ORG XMIT: OKSO119
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) is fouled by New Orleans Pelicans Al-Farouq Aminu, right, during the third quarter of an NBA basketball preseason game in Tulsa, Okla., Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013. New Orleans won 105-102. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) ORG XMIT: OKSO119

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).

TEMPERS FLARE

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.

STAT OF THE GAME: 3-POINT SHOOTING

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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