Let that sink in Thunderheads. Taste it, savor it; delicious.
Thunder 94 Atlanta 91. Box Score.
The 23rd win is pretty cool in itself. Thunder fans have taken a lot of crap and had to live with a lot of humble pie for the last year and a half, but what makes it even more interesting is that today’s 23rd win came against one of the best teams in the East with a 16-4 home record, and it came in game number 41; the dead center middle of the season. How cool is that?
It was a game of runs, bricks, big shots, highlight reel plays and “oh my gawd” moments. So basically it was one you couldn’t sleep through, especially in the fourth quarter. For much of the fourth it looked like a scrum under and above the basket. Neither team was shooting well and all ten guys were in there ripping and snarling for rebounds and putbacks.
Case in point: after shooting 51% through the first three quarters the Thunder managed only 6/21 in the final frame (28.5%) en route to 15 points. Atlanta was 6/22. As a result the Thunder gobbled up 17 rebounds in the fourth and the Hawks snared 13. Loose balls, bodies flying and arms flailing.
But the game got tight at the end when the Hawks pulled even on two Josh Smith free throws at 88 apiece with just two minutes and a bit left after trailing since the first quarter. Then finally, with the Thunder up by two with 19 seconds left, one of those “most amazing plays of the season” happened. Keep Reading…