The Thunder’s had two major calling cards during this recent good stretch of basketball – defense and rebounding.
And OKC did neither well tonight. At all.
Chicago outscored the Thunder in both the third and fourth quarters, outrebounded OKC by 11 and seemed to score at will in stretches as the Bulls broke a seven-game road losing streak 103-96 in front of a sold out Ford Center.
This was just one of those frustrating losses that really reminded me of the competitive but tough December OKC had. Kevin Durant was solid scoring 28 and grabbing six boards (but was 2-9 from the floor in the second half). Jeff Green was alright with 18, but only had three rebounds. Russell Westbrook had 15 points and six assists, but wasn’t that great in the second half. Nick Collison was excellent off the bench with 12 and 13, but he was really the only guy that hit the glass. A couple guys played good, nobody played great and a couple guys played bad. You add those three things together and a seven-point loss sounds about right.
After the first half, I was feeling really good about the Westbrook/Derrick Rose matchup. Westbrook had 12 points on 5-8 shooting with three assists and just one turnover. Rose had five points on 2-4 shooting with three assists and five turns. The second half, they swapped. Rose absolutely took the game over. He went a perfect 10-10 from the field in the second half (almost all sweet jumpers) and turned it over just once. Westbrook went 1-8 with three points, had three dimes and turned it over three times. Westbrook wasn’t bad by any means, but Rose was excellent. Keep Reading…