Add the back-to-back disclaimer on this one if you want, but the facts are this: The Thunder just waxed the league’s (current) best team with the league’s best defense by 24 while piling up 118 points on 61 percent shooting.
I don’t care if the Pacers played a back-to-back this afternoon against the Heat and Spurs and ran suicides in between games, this was downright impressive from the Thunder.
“When we play like that,” Russell Westbrook said, “there aren’t too many teams that can beat us but ourselves.”
If you’re looking for a standard of performance to call back on, this is probably the game. Again, yes, the Pacers played last night and have been on a long road trip, something Scott Brooks made sure to acknowledge postgame — “that’s their fifth game on a five-game Western trip and they played last night, a very physical game” — but there was a certain look and feel to this one that was obvious. Keep Reading…