After one quarter, it was looking like we had a total grind on our hands. The Thunder turned the ball over six times in the first 12 minutes, shot right at 40 percent and struggled their way to 24 points. It was one of the ugliest quarters in weeks. I think we all started having flashbacks of three overtimes.
Things quickly turned around in the second quarter though. One big difference between this game and the last one? Kevin Durant. Having him helps. Some. Well, a lot.
But what really sparked the Thunder into the blowout was they started playing defense, forcing the Nets into long jumpers, which led to long rebounds which led to transition opportunities. Plus, OKC pressed the Nets into 15 first half turnovers which helped the running game. It was really another bench sparked event, led by James Harden who nine in the second quarter and really kicked the Thunder into gear.
After things got settled down and OKC started playing, the Thunder cruised on. Kevin Durant poured in 27 points on 11-19 shooting in only three quarters. Russell Westbrook had 17 and seven assists in just three quarters. The Thunder led by 18 going into the fourth and the bench did its job, extending the cushion out to 25, meaning the starters got a good long rest. Keep Reading…