The argument can be made that no duo in the NBA is more dangerous than Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder considering these two always seem capable of putting up a big scoring night. After reaching the NBA Finals last season, expectations are high once again for the Thunder, but they fell to the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference following Sunday’s overtime loss to the Denver Nuggets.
Despite combining for 73 points between Durant and Westbrook, the Nuggets were just too much for the Thunder to handle as they went on to lose the game 121-118. What’s even more frustrating for Oklahoma City is Westbrook’s performance sort of went to waste as he fell just shy of recording a triple-double after finishing with eight rebounds and nine assists to go along with his 36 points.
Sure, it may only be one game, but the Thunder will look back as one of those games against a playoff contender that they could have easily won. This team had yet to lose in overtime during the 2012-13 season and with the way other teams like the Los Angeles Clippers and San Antonio Spurs are playing–every game from now until April will be extremely important considering the chances of how close the difference will be in the standings for the No. 1 seed.
On the bright side, at least this team should easily bounce back with two stars like Durant and Westbrook. Even the best of teams manage to lose games every once in a while–so expect Durant and Westbrook to use this loss as motivation when it comes to bouncing back.
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