It didn’t take long for Kevin Durant to show that he was feeling good against the Hawks Friday. He dropped his first shot — a smooth standstill jumper over Marvin Williams — hit back-to-back 3s and by the end of the third, had 25 points on 10-15 shooting.
But that’s when he turned things over to Russell Westbrook. Westbrook scored nine of his 28 in the final frame, leading the Thunder to a nice road win over the Hawks, 111-104.
The Thunder held a good six to 10-point lead for the majority of the second half, but the Hawks whittled it down to two, 102-100, with a little over a minute remaining. OKC needed a basket badly and in a very Westbrook-like manner, Russ didn’t even think as he caught a pass on the wing and fired from deep. He swished the 3, basically icing the win for the Thunder. That’s the thing about Westbrook — he didn’t think about it. And that’s why you trust him in those situations.
There was a certain level of anxiety post-trade for Thunder fans as OKC started out 0-2 in the wake of the emotional trade. But these past two outings have certainly showed the Thunder are just fine. They’re back to scoring the ball well and are playing pretty solid defense to go with it. A large part of that again — on both ends — has been James Harden who sparked a big second quarter for OKC scoring 13 in the period. Keep Reading…