Thunder Nip Hornets
Six straight missed free throwns down the stretch doomed the Hornets as they fell to the Thunder 97-92. Russell Westbrook was was big for OKC, scoring 29 points and 10 assists. Kevin Durant added 25, handing the Hornets their seventh loss in the last 10 games. David West had a big game for NOLA, but it wasn’t enough.
David West had 24 points, 13 rebounds and four steals for the Hornets, but scored only six in the second half. Paul had 18 points and five steals, and Marco Belinelli scored 15, but missed a 3-point attempt that could have tied it with a little more than 10 seconds left.
Oklahoma City shot 50 percent, but the Hornets might have pulled out a win if Emeka Okafor, Trevor Ariza and Belinelli hadn’t combined to miss six straight free throws in the final five minutes, a stunning dry spell for a team that hit its first 16 from the foul line.