Despite being favored by a whopping 13.5 points on Monday night, the Thunder stayed true to themselves and lost for the 15th time when entering the fourth quarter with a lead. Because of that, OKC’s first round series against the Dallas Mavericks is now deadlocked at a game apiece. That’s the same Dallas Mavericks team that’s currently missing three of its top five scorers due to injury, rode the 37-year-old Dirk Nowitzki for 38 minutes last night and relied on 21 points from Raymond Felton, BTW.
It doesn’t help that the Thunder had a chance to sneak away with the win, either. Following a pair of bricked free throws by Felton down the stretch, Kevin Durant put the finishing touches on an especially futile performance by missing a layup in transition, which was followed by a botched Russell Westbrook tip and an at-the-buzzer putback by Double Deuce denizen Steven Adams. The Thunder had a moment of celebration when they thought Adams’ attempt was good, but that took a quick turn when the referees reviewed the play, and waved the basket off.
The outcome also brought Crying Jordan back from the dead – just kidding, it’ll never die – and inspired plenty of good Twitter after TNT zoomed in on a downtrodden Adams when the referees determined his shot was no bueno.
oh god they’re gonna crying MJ me pic.twitter.com/sszYThfPZz
— Tom Ziller (@teamziller) April 19, 2016
Quick look at the shot chart for Kevin Durant’s 7-33 night: pic.twitter.com/1myIlFsTxD
Durant was 7-33 pic.twitter.com/PiMlXoB74B
— …… (@MickieshaTimlyn) April 19, 2016
Steven Adams looks like he’s about to solve a mystery pic.twitter.com/IITe2Gb7ua
— Danny (@recordsANDradio) April 19, 2016
— PÎÊRRĘ (@JaValeMcGee34) April 19, 2016
— Becca Laurie, PI (@imbeccable) April 19, 2016
On the bright side, it could be worse for Adams and Durant. So much worse.