A most excellent team effort tonight taking care of the home court against a team with a lesser record. That’s what this team needs to do: beat the lesser teams and pick off a few of the elite teams when everything goes just right.
This was a pretty even victory in that it wasn’t the Kevin Durant show and a cameo by everyone else like we’ve seen more than a few times. Tonight we had six Thunder players with double figures scoring including Serge with a new career high of 12 points in 23 minutes.
In fact, to me the real story of the game was the second unit and not the first. The lineup of Livingston, Harden, Green (OK, he’s a starter) Ibaka and Collison was absolutely the linchpin for this victory. On that second unit in the fourth quarter they played some great basketball on both sides of the ball. Harden had 10 and Ibaka had 6, which accounts for half of the scoring for the entire team in the quarter.
It’s nice to see our top draft pick find his place and actually PACE that second unit. The bearded one hit jumpers, he drove the lane and he finished at the line. It was like he decided that the second unit was his and he was the man. Good for him; especially when he delivers.
The Thunder also hit the deep ball tonight which for us is a nice surprise. 8/15 from three is mighty fine territory for the Thunder; it was the difference between eeking out a close game and putting your foot on the opponent’s throat. Keep Reading…