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Thunder 114, Bobcats 69: Breaking it down by the numbers

Nov 27, 2012, 2:18 AM EDT

Ramon Sessions, Jeff Taylor, Byron Mullens AP

The Charlotte Bobcats were historically bad last season — the team with the worst winning percentage in the history of the NBA. They were 7-59.

And their performance Monday night in a 114-69 loss to the Thunder may have been their worst game yet. Which seems out of place for a Bobcats team that is 7-6 on the season, but this was a train wreck.

We’re going to break this down by the numbers, just to give you a sense of how bad it was. It was the only way we could think to do it without using a lot of Harlem Globetrotters/Washington Generals comparisons.

• The Thunder went on a 24-6 run to end the first quarter and lead by 16 points. Then they went on a 10-0 run early in the second quarter then a 19-2 run to close out the first half. Then they went on a 15-1 run to open the second half.

• Oklahoma had a 40-point lead at halftime – 64-24. The Thunder shot 59.5 percent in the first half.

• Charlotte shot 21.6 percent in the first half. Point guards Kemba Walker and Ramon Sessions were a combined 0-9 shooting with a combined two assists at the half. The Thunder had as many points in the paint in the first half (24) as the Bobcats had points period.

• Oklahoma City led by as many as 53 and won by 45.

• The Bobcats shot 29.1 percent for the game.

Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and all the Thunder starters played just the first five minutes of the second half.

• If you prefer your stats advanced, the Thunder had an offensive rating of 119.8 for the game, the Bobcats 76.1.

Jeff Taylor had 10 points and he led the Bobcats and he was the only Charlotte player in double figures scoring.

• Oklahoma City had six players in double digit scoring, led by Kevin Durant’s 18.

• OKC backup center Hasheem Thabeet had his first career double-double — 13 points, 11 rebounds.

  1. limonadamas - Nov 27, 2012 at 2:37 AM

    The Bobcats had a terrible night tonight obviously… but they’re actually playing really well so far this year overall, for the amount of talent they have. Way better than anyone would’ve predicted.

  2. dko83 - Nov 27, 2012 at 3:03 AM

    Yeah I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the ‘Cats as well. But take a look a look at the +/- for Thunder starters, it’s pretty ridiculous. Pretty much everyone in the +45 range. OOOOOF, rough night for my man MKG.

  3. BigBeachBall - Nov 27, 2012 at 5:58 AM

    Contraction.

  4. bangwai - Nov 27, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Yeah, the were blown out of the water last night, but at least they’re not playing like they were last year. Hopefully they’ll bounce back when they play Atlanta on Wednesday.

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