Five takeaways from the Thunder's loss to the Kings
Oklahoma City’s three-game winning streak was snapped Wednesday night in Sacramento. Here are five takeaways from the Thunder’s 94-93 loss to the Kings.
Bogdanovic hits game winner
Bogdan Bogdanovic was 1-of-6 from three before he swished the shot that mattered most.
It looked as though Buddy Hield would take the big shot, but he was trapped at the top of the 3-point line by Steven Adams and Chris Paul.
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Hield found Bogdanovic on the left wing. Bogdanovic got Dennis Schroder to fly past him on a pump fake before he calmly drained the game-winning 3-pointer with 17.3 seconds left.
The Kings were a cold 10-of-31 from three overall.
Chris Paul couldn’t answer with a game winner of his own. His step-back jumper with over Kings center Richaun Holmes missed with 1.6 seconds left.
The Thunder’s three-game winning streak and three-game road winning streak were snapped in Sacramento.
OKC (11-13) had won five of its last six games coming into the night. Now the Thunder and Kings are tied with the Phoenix Suns for seventh place in the Western Conference standings.
Schroder’s two halves
When the Thunder offense stagnated in the first half, it was Dennis Schroder who did the scoring. Schroder scored 15 points in the first half on 6-of-11 shooting. Three of his makes were from behind the arc.
The Kings quieted him in the second half. Schroder scored just two points on three shots.
Fourth quarter drought
The Thunder went from the 7:13 mark in the fourth quarter to the 2:38 mark without scoring.
The Kings capitalized while the Thunder faltered.
Sacramento’s comeback was fueled by a 14-0 fourth-quarter run.
Nader’s clutch game
Abdel Nader has admirably filled in for the injured Terrance Ferguson. Nader’s game leans heavy on offense as opposed to Ferguson’s defense-first style, but Nader held his own against Buddy Hield and the Kings.
Hield caught fire in the fourth quarter, but he was just 2-of-11 in the first half.
And had the Thunder won, Nader’s game-tying 3-pointer with 2:37 left might have been OKC’s most crucial shot. It stopped Sacramento’s 14-0 run.
Nader poured in a career-high five 3-pointers on six attempts. He scored 15 points. The Thunder outscored the Kings by nine points with Nader on the floor.