Yeah, that’s pretty much what I was looking for.
The Thunder kind of sleepwalked through the first half, giving up 56 points tot he Rockets while turning it over nine times. But after Kevin Durant picked up his fourth foul halfway through the third, the Oklahoma City bench took over the game. The second unit (plus Jeff Green) closed the third on an 8-0 run, giving OKC an 11-point edge and after that, it was pretty much done and done.
But the fourth was even more impressive. KD returned and the Thunder just started rolling the Rockets. Running on misses, defending everything, moving the ball around and rebounding. It was exactly how you would want your team to close out a home game.
The Thunder shot nearly 58 percent on the night, went 7-11 from 3 and 27-28 from the line. It was pretty much a flawless offensive performance. Scott Brooks said after the game, outside of the 10 first half turnovers, it’s about as good as they can play offensively. Hard to disagree.
Durant is totally back in his unstoppable offensive rhythm as he dropped 32 on 12-18 shooting (2-2 from 3). (It would’ve been more had he not been in foul trouble. Like in the first half, he was in That Zone. He started the game 7-9 and totally looked prepared to score 50 points.) James Harden continues to rise to his potential, scoring 16 on 5-7 from the field. Russell Westbrook, Thabo, Jeff Green – everyone was really good. The Thunder offense was absolutely unstoppable and defensively, OKC picked things up a lot in the second half. Keep Reading…