Game Recap: Thunder 106, Bucks 110 in OT

News and notes following the Thunder’s 110-106 overtime loss to the Milwaukee Bucks:

  • The Thunder lose for just the fifth time since the beginning of March and finish with the fourth seed in the Western Conference playoffs.
  • ”It’s not the way we wanted to finish the regular season, with a loss at home,” said Thunder Head Coach Scott Brooks, “We were careless and sloppy with the basketball, had way too many turnovers (24) and all of that is hard to overcome. But we’re excited about our opportunities ahead. To be hosting in the playoffs and having home court advantage. You play the game for this type of opportunity.”
  • Russell Westbrook led all scorers with 20 points in just 21 minutes of action. Kevin Durant added 14 in 23 minutes and he again claims the NBA scoring title. KD earns it for the second straight season.
    “It feels good to be the scoring champ again,” he said, “I think a lot of people expected me to do it. But I couldn’t have done it without my teammates helping me out. They all helped m get that.”
  • Nazr Mohammed got a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
  • Bench players played big minutes. Mohammed played almost 32 minutes. Byron Mullens played 29 minutes and scored 10 points. He also pulled down five rebounds. “My concern was just get the guys some minutes,” said Brooks. “I felt like they all did a good job, we just got sloppy with all those turnovers.”
  • Thunder with good defense to start the game holding Milwaukee to just 16 points on 7-for-22 (31.8%) shooting in the first quarter. Oklahoma City also out-rebounding the Bucks 15-8.
  • At halftime Milwaukee still shooting less than 40% (38.6%) on 17-for-44. Oklahoma City’s offense has struggled too scoring just 43 points in the first half to trail the Bucks by three.
  • The Thunder out-rebounded the Bucks in the first half 24-19.
  • Oklahoma City led by as many as 11 points but couldn’t hold it.
  • Big minutes in the first half for bench players. Four of them had more minutes than Thunder starters as the bench played most of the second quarter.
  • Thunder out-score the Bucks 31-18 in the third to take a 74-64 lead. Oklahoma City dominating on the boards with a 38-21 rebounding advantage. OKC almost doubled up the Bucks in points in the paint outscoring them 42-24 after three.

PLAYS THE BOX SCORE WON’T SHOW: With Luc Mbah a Moute hanging all over him and trying to slap the ball away Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka stays strong going up for a slam at the beginning of te game...Ibaka adds to his block total early in the game. He leads the league in total blocks but Milwaukee’s Andrew Bogut, who didn’t play tonight, leads in blocks per game average...Two nice defensive plays by Kevin Durant on consecutive Milwaukee possessions late in the first quarter. He steps into the passing lane and intercepts a pass from Brandon Jennings and on the Bucks next possession he runs down court with Jennings and blocks his shot...After a Bucks steal, Russell Westbrook races down court to alter a shot put up by Jennings, forcing a miss...James Harden with a strong move to the basket midway through the second quarter forcing Ersan Ilyasva to backup down low. Harden made the basket right up over the top of him...Nice ball movement late in the second quarter ending with a pass to a wide open Daequan Cook who hits a three ball...Serge Ibaka holding the ball over his head at the beginning of the third quarter sees the lane clear out and Russell Westbrook make his move. Ibaka then fires the pass to Russ who scores on a layup...On the next Bucks possession Westbrook grabs a steal then races down court, dishes to Ibaka for the slam...Byron Mullens with a nice steal in the fourth quarter and Nazr Mohammed scores the basket with a nifty up and under reverse layup...

STATS WORTH REPEATING: Russell Westbrook was 7-for-9 and scored 20 points in 21 minutes...Byron Mullens had10 points in 29 minutes...The Thunder out-rebounded Milwaukee 52-34 and outscored the Bucks in the paint 56-34...

LAST WORD: “We’re excited to start a playoff series at home, we can’t wait.” Brooks told reporters. “We’re one of 16 teams that have a chance to win a championship. Denver’s a very good team bu we’re excited. You play the game for this kind of opportunity. You dream about it from the time you were kids, to play in the playoffs and to maybe win a Championship.”

UP NEXT: The Denver Nuggets in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.