Cavaliers Unable To Weather The 'Thunder', Lose By 20 To Oklahoma City

The Cavs play an afternoon affair against West power Oklahoma City

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Thunder Thumps The Wine And Gold Again 95-75

Oklahoma City’s defense isn’t supposed to be this good, but it has given the Cavaliers problems in their two match ups this season. The Cavaliers came away with fewer than 80 points in each game, both of which, ironically, came on a Sunday afternoon. The CAv’s 33.8% of shooting one of their season’s worst, as they shot better from three land than from mid range; and NBA rarity. Rather than the usual suspects of Kevin Durant, or Russell Westbrook, it was Serge Ibaka who gave the Cav’s headaches. OKC blocked 11 Cavalier shot attempts, 7 of those came from Ibaka, who also piled up 14 boards. Those 7 rejections were one shy of his season’s best.

One would also assume that if the Cav’s could limit the NBA’s most lethal weapon, Kevin Durant, to just 19 points, that there might be a glimmer of hope for a Cleveland upset. Plus the fact that they, for once, out-rebounded their opponent 54-44. But the Thunder’s points off of turnover margin at 22-7 was the achilies heal of the Cavaliers, who now drop to 12-53, with their fourth straight loss. Oklahoma City improves to 42-23, and look to get better once trade deadline acquisition Kendrick Perkins joins the team on the floor.

The Cav’s got a 13 and 10 point performance from Daniel Gibson, and Samardo Samuels respectively. They were the only Cav’s in double digits for the afternoon. Ramon Sessions went a lowly 1-of-7 from the field and turned the ball over 4 times. J.J. Hickson shot just 4-of-10 as the starting center. They scored 20 plus points in only one of the four quarters, which was the second.

The Cav’s do catch a break from the Western Conference contenders when they travel to Sacramento on Wednesday for a battle with the Kings, who stand at 15-49. Tip off is at 10 p.m.

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Thunder Brings 75-56 Lead Into Final Quarter Over Cavs

The Cav’s offense continues to scuffle, shooting a lackluster 29% from the field, which makes for opportunities for boards for the Cav’s bigmen, which have outperformed the bigs of OKC 42-40. The Cav’s are a mediocre team when it comes to trailing after 3 quarters of play, as the Thunder look to advance their Western Conference Record.
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Thunder Adding Defense To Their Repertoire With 50-38 Half Time Score

Known primarily for a balanced offensive game, the Oklahoma City Thunder limited the Cavaliers to just 38 first half points. Forward Serge Ibaka rejected Cav’s scoring attempts with 5 blocks in 14 minutes, and guard Russell Westbrook stepped it up at the top of the floor with 3 steals.

The Cavalier’s bench was the bright spot in this one, outscoring the opposing unit of OKC 18-5. Daniel Gibson still atop Cleveland scorers with 8, J.J. Hickson and Manny Harris added 6 a piece. Cleveland’s lowly 8 assists suggests lack of ball movement, compared to OKC’s 15.

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Oklahoma City Packs Thunderous Punch in 29-14 Blowout First Quarter

Thus far, it has been business as usual for Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Durant led the way, like he always does with10 points, and Serge Ibaka put up 6 points to go with 8 rebounds. The Cav’s were lead in scoring by Daniel Gibson contributing 5 points off the bench. Cleveland scuffled from behind the arc, going just 1-of-5, and weren’t much better from the charity stripe at 3-of-7.

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Cavaliers Ready For 'A Sound Of Thunder' This Afternoon Against OKC

(Sports Network) - The Oklahoma City Thunder annihilated the Cleveland Cavaliers in the previous meeting back in December and will pay a visit to the Forest City this afternoon.

All-Star Kevin Durant scored 25 points in the first three quarters of a 106-77 drubbing of the Cavs in the OKC, while James Harden netted 19 points in that one for the Thunder, who ended a four-game losing streak to Cleveland. The Cavs have still won six of the past nine meetings and are unbeaten over the previous five matchups at Quicken Loans Arena.

The Thunder have won two in a row overall and five of the last six games, including Friday's 104-94 victory versus the Detroit Pistons. Durant continued his push for an MVP award with 24 points, nine rebounds, five assists and three steals for Oklahoma City, which is fourth in the Western Conference standings and got 22 points from Harden.

"We get everybody involved," said Durant, who was coming off a 34-point, 16- rebound effort in Philadelphia. "Everybody gets a touch and just like any sport, once you get a few baskets you start to feel good about yourself. Everybody was energetic on the offensive end tonight...Defense could have been a lot better."

Serge Ibaka added 16 points and eight boards in the win. The Thunder will begin a three-game road trip Sunday against the Cavs, Wizards and Heat, and are 18-14 as the guest this season. Oklahoma City is 18-6 against the East.

Russell Westbrook notched his 30th double-double of the season against the Pistons with 13 points and a game-high 11 assists. Harden is averaging 17.7 ppg since the All-Star break.

The Thunder are still waiting for newcomer Kendrick Perkins to hit the floor since acquiring him from Boston before the trade deadline. Perkins is out with a sprained knee and is expected to miss Sunday's game against the Cavs.

Cleveland has lost three straight and five of six games, and is coming off Wednesday's 110-90 loss in Milwaukee. Samardo Samuels had 15 points and Daniel Gibson ended with 13 for the Cavaliers, who received 11 points from both Anthony Parker and Christian Eyenga.

"We stopped playing," Cavs coach Byron Scott said. "We stopped playing defensively and on the offensive end as a team. We tried to play individual basketball."

Scott hopes his team can stop a four-game home losing streak and improve on an 8-24 home ledger this afternoon. It won't be easy with guard Baron Davis expected to miss some time for personal reasons.

Ramon Sessions recorded 10 points against the Bucks and is averaging 17.3 points in his last 16 games. J.J. Hickson is posting 16.5 ppg in his past 13 contests and had just four in the recent loss.

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