First six minutes of the game, Thunder fans were scratching their heads, trailling 21-11. Dallas was running up and down the court, and all of a sudden James Harden and Kevin Durant turned up the heat. Next thing you know the dunk above, led to a 40-35 lead. KD was T’d up for telling Brendan Haywood exactly what he thought after the dunk. After a nice run, the Thunder led 59-57 at halftime.

James harden was phenomenal. Harden shot 6-9 from the field, including 4-7 from three point range for 23 points.  He was able to keep terry off balance all game long and did a great job defensively.

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 42 points on 18 made shots. A lot is being made on Westbrook’s benching in the fourth quarter. Brooks said on the bench,

“We went with what was working, that is it.”

Russell seemed lively on the bench and if you take ANYTHING else from that, then you haven’t been watching this team

Breaking down the Keys for Game 2:

Bench Production: James Harden goes for 23, Eric “VCU” Maynor goes for 13 solid points and zero turnovers. The entire bench combined for 50 points and a nice +58. While the Mavericks bench was not so lucky. Mavs bench just mustered out 29 points and a nasty -31. We’ve seen both benches come up great for their teams. Could be a deciding factor the rest of the series.

Grade: A+

Russell Westbrook: Russell I think played much better. He was 7-15 for 18 points, 4 assists and 4 turnovers. Had a heated discussion with coach Brooks, which might have led to his benching. However, I firmly believe Brooks when he said he was going with what was working at that moment. Only negative I have for the Honey Badger, is he was a fat -12 on the game. Overall, I think he did well.

Grade: B

Three Point Shooting: Thunder’s defense on the three was much more efficient. Dallas was just 9-27. JJ Berea was the lightning in a bottle from behind the arc. Hitting two three point shots in the fourth quarter to keep Dallas afloat. However, the Mavericks panicked once the Thunder grabbed a 102-92 lead, and started chunking up shots. Great defense by Maynor and Harden help keep the Mavs at arm’s length. Thunder were more efficient. OKC went 7-16 (39%) and were more spread out across game unlike game 1.

Grade: B+

Thunder played a great game for three quarters, which was opposite of game 1. Dallas is the second best road team in the NBA (28-13). Which, was almost equal to their home record (29-12). Dallas will be prepared, the Thunderdome will be rockin’ more than ever.

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