The Oklahoma City Thunder continued their recent streak of bad play in what was easily the most shocking result from NBA play on Wednesday night when the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Thunder on their home court.
The Cavaliers were led by Kyrie Irving, who led all scorers with 31 points and also added nine assists, five rebounds and four steals. Irving continued his impressive play since the All-Star game where he was crowned MVP. With his play as of late, he is establishing himself as one of the league’s elite point guards. Jarrett Jack also chipped in for the Cavs with 21 points. They currently sit four games out of the eight seed in the Eastern Conference.
To no one’s surprise, Kevin Durant led the way for the Thunder with 28 points followed by Russell Westbrook‘s 24 points.
For the Thunder, this was their third consecutive loss, all of which have come on their home court. Heading into Wednesday night’s game, they had three losses at home all season. The loss also gives the team an 0-3 record since Westbrook’s return to the court. Many people speculated whether or not it his return would be beneficial for the team, specifically for Durant. He has continued his rapid scoring rate, but the team has suffered thus far.
The Thunder still remain atop of the Western Conference, but the San Antonio Spurs only trail by one and a half games. The gap in the West is not nearly as marginal of that in the East, with only four games separating the No. 1 team from the No. 5 team. The Thunder should be concerned with their play as of late, and it doesn’t get any easier for them as they take on a Memphis Grizzlies team that has won five of their last six games on Friday.