Oklahoma City Thunder faced their second defeat in the Western Conference play-off finals to San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night losing 122-77, and with tensions high two key players within the Thunder squad turned on each other.
At the AT&T Centre both sides were heading into the third quarter with San Antonio cruising and looking on point to secure their second win of the series.
And just before the end of the first half, a slow motion replay catches guard Russell Westbrook shouting at Kevin Durant issuing him to wake up, while tapping his head as Durant seems to ignore the criticism, the 25-year-old heading to the bench not looking impressed.
In the first half Durant had only recorded 11 points while featuring in 18 minutes of play, as out of the 11 field goals the 2014 MVP attempted only four were completed, setting up what was a poor game for both Durant and Oklahoma City.
It seems Russell Westbrook didn't have the greatest game either, as the point guard only scored three points in the first period followed by a improved eight in the second, while collecting four assists from the two quarters.
It seemed the problems weren't solved heading into the third as both Durant and Westbrook managed only four points in the ten minutes they featured, meaning the Spurs were leading 91-66 heading into the fourth, to which Scott Brooks made the call to rest both starters.
Brooks knew a defeat was imminent and it was time to rest his players and rethink his strategy heading into game three next week.
Currently missing for Oklahoma City is Serge Ibaka and this is has been shown as a big loss for Thunder so far in this series, as after the game Durant showed signs of feeling heated and angry from the result as the 25-year-old stated to ESPN that it is about the team sticking together:
"If they had won this game by one point, we'd still be down 0-2. It's hard for you to stay together, but we have a group of guys that are not front-runners and we'll figure it out."
Stephen A. Smith made it clear to ESPN after the game that this defeat for Thunder was "a beat down, an annihilation, an embarrassment".
Both games for Thunder have been at the AT&T Centre, and the first game was a more open contest with Spurs winning 122-105, Durant scored 28 points with Westbrook adding 25.
That performance shows they can score points but fans will be hoping that Game One was a bad day at the office for the star players of the Thunder, as the next game will be at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Monday night and this will determine if both players have been woken up by this defeat.
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