Five takeaways from the Thunder's 133-86 loss to the Bucks
The Thunder suffered its worst loss of the season at Milwaukee, falling 133-86 to the Bucks.
The loss ended a nine-game road winning streak. Here are five takeaways from the game:
A new low
The 47-point loss was the largest in Thunder history and only the second loss by a 40-plus point margin. The other was a 42-point loss at Minnesota in the franchise's first season in OKC.
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The Thunder was one point away from tying a season low in points scored. OKC scored just 85 points against Washington on Oct. 25.
The Thunder's loss Friday ended a streak of success on the back half of back-to-backs. OKC had won on the second night of its past five back-to-backs.
Hamidou Diallo made his sixth career start on Friday, filling in for Danilo Gallinari (left ankle soreness). Gallinari hasn’t played on the second night of a back-to-back since November.
Diallo drew a tough matchup right off the bat: reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Foul trouble limited Diallo’s playing time. He picked up his third foul less than five minutes into the game, and Deonte Burton replaced him. It was the first time in a month that Burton played more than five minutes in a Thunder game. He has been up and down between the Thunder and G League affiliate OKC Blue.
Diallo returned to start the second half, but about two minutes in he committed a fourth foul. Thunder coach Billy Donovan left Diallo in, and the Thunder guard recovered with a fast break dunk soon after.
Giannis proves all but unguardable
The Thunder never left any player defending Antetokounmpo for too long. Diallo, Burton, Abdel Nader, Terrance Ferguson and Luguentz Dort all matched up on the MVP frontrunner. Antetokounmpo had a double-double (24 points, 10 rebounds) by halftime. He recorded 32 points, 13 rebounds and six assists on the night.
Nader’s hustle stands out
Nader left Antetokounmpo behind on a backdoor cut, caught a pass from Thunder center Steven Adams and threw down a dunk.
It was part of a nine-point performance, providing a rare bright spot in the Thunder’s blowout loss.
Nader’s final stat line was less impressive than his hustle plays. He chased a loose ball halfway across the court in the first quarter and was rewarded with free throws. He successfully contested Antetokounmpo’s 3-point shot at the end of the first quarter and was fouled by Antetokounmpo on a 3-pointer early in the next period.
Thunder loses 3-point battle
Thunder center Mike Muscala accounted for 1/3 of the Thunder’s six made 3-pointers. OKC shot just 17.1 percent from 3-point range Friday.
Meanwhile, the Bucks made at least four 3-pointers in each quarter, peaking with eight makes from beyond the arc in the third quarter alone. The Bucks shot 47.6 percent from 3-point range Friday.