The Cleveland backcourt ran wild and Aleksej Pokusevski came back down to Earth Thursday night in Chesapeake Energy Area. With the loss, the Thunder have now moved to 20-32 and have lost five straight games. Here’s three takeaways from Cleveland’s 129-102 win over Oklahoma City:
Cleveland’s guard combo capitalizes
Collin Sexton and Darius Garland took full advantage of Oklahoma City’s young backcourt in Thursday’s contest.
With unquestionably good chemistry, Sexton and Garland combined to score 48 points on 17-for-32 shooting.
Sexton led Cleveland with 27 points, consistently pushing the pace and attacking Oklahoma City’s defense.
Garland shot 53-percent from the floor.
Spreading the wealth
Oklahoma City spread the wealth on Thursday as seven different players finished in double-digit scoring.
Ty Jerome got his career-high in the contest, pacing the Thunder with 23 points.
Theo Maledon followed with 14 points, Moses Brown scored 13 and Kenrich Williams and Jaylen Hoard each added 12.
All five of the Thunder starters finished in double digits.
Pokusevski’s hot-streak comes to an end
Pokusevski simply hasn’t looked like the same player lately.
Of course, no one in the organization was complaining about 18.6 points per game over the last five contests.
Pokusevski finally came back to earth Thursday night, scoring just 10 points on 3-for-12 shooting. The 7-foot Serbian also snagged six rebounds and dished out two assists.
After breaking the Thunder rookie 3-point record on Wednesday, Pokusevski shot just 2-for-8 from 3-point land on Thursday.