Jeremy Lin Fails to Lift Nets Against Russell Westbrook in Loss to Thunder
A massive snowstorm was not able to stop the game between the Brooklyn Nets and Oklahoma City Thunder. Jeremy Lin scored 24 points, but he failed to lift the Nets to a win as the Thunder got a 122-104 victory.
The Nets were looking to get their first winning streak of the season, but they ended up losing their 54th game. They are expected to finish the season with the worst record in the NBA since they only have 12 wins as of this writing.
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Lin had a big game with 24 points, two rebounds, and five assists. Brook Lopez had 25 points and six rebounds while Caris LeVert showed his potential. He added 16 points, five rebounds, two assists, and three steals.
On the other hand, Russell Westbrook put up his third-straight triple-double and 33rd overall for the Thunder. He had 25 points, 12 rebounds, and 19 assists while three other Thunder players scored double figures. Enes Kanter put up 17 points off the Thunder bench.
The scoreline did not show the competitive nature of the game since the Thunder pulled away in the second half. However, the Nets were in it in the first half as the two teams were tied at 62 heading to the break.
But the Nets went cold like the weather outside the Barclays Center as they failed to keep up with Westbrook and the Thunder. OKC went on a big run in the third quarter before pulling away at the start of the fourth quarter.
Despite the loss, the Nets have a lot of positives to take away from the game including the performance of Lin and LeVert. Lin has played ten games since returning from a hamstring injury, and he has not suffered any setbacks.
As for LeVert, he has shown that the Nets' future is brighter with him on the roster. Brooklyn will have a hard time rebuilding until after the 2018-19 seasons. The Nets do not own any first round draft pick until 2019.
Nevertheless, the Nets will visit the New York Knicks on Friday while the Thunder goes up north to face the Toronto Raptors on Thursday. Brooklyn is looking to finish the season strong, and they have the chance to reach 20 wins if Lin stays healthy.