The Oklahoma City Thunder were able to beat the Milwaukee Bucks in a frozen Oklahoma City on Sunday night behind a huge breakout game from second-year forward Darius Bazley. Each team came into this game on mini-losing streaks, for the Thunder they were on a three-game skid, while the Bucks were fresh off a pair of losses as they wrapped up this six-game road trip with their third straight loss on Sunday.
The Thunder got off to a cold start as the Bucks raced out to a 10-3 lead before Mark Daigneault called a quick timeout before five minutes had passed in this one. That timeout turned things around for OKC who not only made the run to tie it up in the midst of their 14-0 run but eventually grew a 12 point lead.
The Thunder were no strangers to big leads over contending teams, after growing double-digit leads over the Lakers twice, and the Nuggets, in each of the last three losses. At the end of the 3rd quarter, they yet again saw a double-digit lead vanish as the Bucks, led by Bobby Portis (21 points) tied the game up heading into the fourth quarter. The game was tied seven different times, and the lead exchanged hands five more times before the Thunder earned a clutch time victory without Shai Gilgeous-Alexander over a title contender.
Darius Bazley’s breakout performance was a huge part of this win as Bazley poured in 18-points on 61-percent shooting from the floor, five rebounds, and three assists, as well as two steals.
The Thunder will welcome in Portland tomorrow to try to turn this into a winning streak.