NBA

130
Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Oklahoma City 38 32 30 30 130
Brooklyn 26 25 32 26 109
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5:30 PM PT6:30 PM MT7:30 PM CT8:30 PM ET1:30 GMT9:30 6:30 PM MST8:30 PM EST5:30 UAE (+1)02:3020:30 ET7:30 PM CT23:30 , January 13, 2022
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York  Attendance: 16,964

Kevin Durant shoots for team point-streak mark as Nets face Thunder

According to STATS
According to STATS

Oklahoma City Thunder at Brooklyn Nets

  1. Brooklyn won its last two meetings against Oklahoma City after the Thunder had beaten the Nets in five straight games from 2017-18 to 2020-21. Brooklyn won the first meeting this season and have not swept the season series against OKC since 2014-15 (2-0).
  2. Oklahoma City recorded a season low five turnovers in its, 122-118, loss in Washington Tuesday. It was the fewest turnovers in a loss since the franchise moved to Oklahoma City.
  3. In Tuesday's loss in Washington, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 32 points tying his career-high 13 field goals made. Gilgeous-Alexander has five games with 30 or more points in a loss this season, only LeBron James (nine) and Trae Young (seven) have more.
  4. Brooklyn set a season high in points yesterday in its win against Chicago, 138-112, which included 82.1 percent free throw shooting. The Nets ranks first in the NBA in free throw shooting (82.0) and have shot 80 percent or better in 25 games, second only to Boston (27).
  5. James Harden notched 25 points and a season-high 16 assists in Wednesday's win over Chicago. Harden has 19 games with at least 25 points and 15 assists in the past six seasons, most in the NBA (Russell Westbrook is second with 17).
  6. Brooklyn recorded a season-high 28 points off turnovers in its last game. When Brooklyn scores more than 20 points off turnovers this season, they are undefeated at 11-0 (1.000), which is the best in the NBA this season.

Unless Kevin Durant is given a game off to rest, the Nets forward will seek his franchise-record 13th straight game with at least 25 points when Brooklyn hosts the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night.

The Nets, who routed the host Chicago Bulls 138-112 on Wednesday, will attempt to complete their first sweep of a back-to-back set this season. They split each of their six prior pairs.

Durant has scored at least 25 points in 29 of the 35 games this season. He has not scored fewer than 25 points since finishing with 24 on Dec. 7 in a win at Dallas. On Wednesday, Durant scored 27 in 30:02 -- his third-lowest playing-time total of the season.

Durant only played the first three quarters because of how the Nets achieved their first victory over a team in the top four of either conference. After a close first half, the Nets outscored the Bulls 39-19 in the third quarter.

"It was good to be on the bench and cheering the guys on as you're winning the game," Durant said. "It's been a rough five, six games for us."

Durant had plenty of help on a night when the Nets shot 56.3 percent and handed out a season-high 35 assists. James Harden totaled 25 points and 16 assists after sitting out Brooklyn's 114-108 loss at Portland on Monday with a knee injury. Patty Mills added 21 points, and rookie Day'Ron Sharpe contributed a season-high 20.

"I think the No. 1 thing was the team spirit, outstanding," Brooklyn coach Steve Nash said. "From the start, we were all business. We came ready to play, compete and support each other, and you can feel the energy from the group."

After arriving home in the wee hours Thursday, the Nets know they will be without Kyrie Irving since the unvaccinated guard is ineligible for home games due to the vaccine mandate in New York. Nash said "we'll see" when asked if Durant would play against the Thunder, but whoever suits up, the Nets are hoping to start improving their pedestrian home record.

While the Nets are 15-4 outside of Brooklyn, they are 11-10 at home. They needed a fortunate bounce on a shot by rookie Cam Thomas in overtime to beat the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday and end a five-game homecourt skid.

The Thunder, who are riding a five-game losing streak, are coming off one of their better offensive showings of the season. In a 122-118 loss at Washington on Tuesday, Oklahoma City scored its second-most points of the season and shot 48 percent, its third-best rate of the campaign.

Oklahoma City, however, allowed the Wizards to shoot 54 percent from the field while surrendering 64 points in the paint.

"I thought offensively we made a lot of progress tonight," Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said. "I thought we really attacked them well. Defensively, weren't as sharp as we've been. I thought we had a hard time limiting their penetration. We just didn't force them to make enough plays, and that's why they got 122 points."

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 32 points Tuesday after shooting 27.5 percent (11 of 40) in his previous three contests. Rookie Josh Giddey, who added 18, has scored in double figures in five straight games.

--Field Level Media

Updated January 13, 2022


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