Thunder Blow Double Digit Lead Again in Loss to Nets in Mexico

OKC Thunder Center Steven Adams

"Russell Westbrook turned it up defensively, and that's tough", Snyder said.

The Nets pulled out a come-from-behind 100-95 win over the Thunder in front of a sellout crowd of 20,562 at Arena Ciudad de Mexico on Thursday night. Brooklyn will also play in Mexico City on Saturday, facing the Miami Heat. They are playing more than 2,500 miles away from Barclays Center and in a city with an altitude significantly higher than visits to Denver (5,280 feet). The Nets will play two regular-season games in the Mexican capital this week. They also opened things up for Adams, and now, teams have been forced to decide whether to focus on Adams or on George and Anthony, two of the league's most capable scorers.

Westbrook topped the Thunder (11-13) with 31 points but fell short of his usual triple-double with eight rebounds and six assists. The change is partly due to the presence of new teammates Carmelo Anthony and Paul George. Before the Thunder was able to get to clutch time against the Jazz on Tuesday, it needed something special. "It's up, it's down".

Oklahoma City's defense — statistically one of the league's best — tightened up late in the game.

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Donovan, on how the Thunder played in the first half: "We played hurried, we played rushed, we played like we were down by 20 points with five minutes to go in the game". Oklahoma City is 2-9 on the road and enters its visit to Mexico on a seven-game road losing streak since beating the Milwaukee Bucks on October 31.

"We stayed with it", Westbrook said. Made 12 of 21 shots in the fourth quarter. They didn't get their 10th victory last season until March 1, in their 59th game. I told him how much we appreciated coaching him.

While Oklahoma City possesses a star point guard, the Nets have a few developing ones while D'Angelo Russell recovers from knee surgery. They still led 71-70 with 3:14 left in the third after LeVert found Allen Crabbe for a 3-pointer.

There was no recurrence of the quake that shook Mexico's capital in September, but the Nets' world was rocked Monday afternoon by news that they had completed a trade for Philadelphia center Jahlil Okafor.

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