The game was never close. Oklahoma City jumped out to a 7-0 lead and never looked back. Phoenix would cut the lead to three multiple times, but never could get any closer. Oklahoma City would lead by double digits for most of the game and roll to a 107-97 win. Improving their league leading record to 5-0.
Kevin Durant only played 26 minutes, scored only 12 points on 4-11 shooting. Almost a preseason feel for the undefeated Thunder. Led by their second team, they would extend a close ball game in the second quarter to a blow out. Daequan Cook led the second team with 12 points. He left at halftime though, with flu-like symptoms. At halftime, Oklahoma City led 60-46.
Post Game Grades
Again, the Thunder weren’t able to control their turnovers. They turned the ball over 21 times, accounting for 21 points. This game could have been a lot worse had it wasn’t for the turnovers. If it’s the stats were just glanced at, you may assume that they turnovers were the second team. However, 13 of the 21 turnovers were by the starters. Something they’ll definitely have to work on.
Three Point Shooting: B+
Oklahoma City came in as one of the best deep shooting teams in the league. It continued as they hit 40% of their three point shots. Phoenix countered with just 30% 3-point shooting. The Suns actually hit four more than their average, didn’t matter though. When you shoot 40% and the opponent shoots 30% from the deep, will have a good chance at winning.
Second Chance Scoring: C
OKC allowed 13 offensive rebounds. Accounted for 22 Sun extra baskets. Oklahoma City countered with 17 points. However, this game shouldn’t have been this close. Offensive rebounding for the opponent is starting to become a glaring weakness. They really need to step it up.
Thoughts from the game
- Russell Westbrook played great. He finished with 18 points, 4 assists and only 2 turnovers. He was in control the entire game. He looked like his old self for the most part. It was great to see.
- How quietly awesome was James Harden? Didn’t hear his name a lot. However, he almost had a triple double. 10 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds.
- As a team, this was the highest assist total since the regular season finale against Milwaukee. OKC had 25 tonight.
- Lazar Hayward and Reggie Jackson made their Thunder debuts tonight. Both were pretty decent. Hayward’s defense was very obvious. It sucks. Reggie Jackson didn’t have a lot of nerves. He had a nice base line drive to the basket for his first score as an NBA player. Hayward finished with 7 points. Jackson finished with 2 points on 1 of 3 scoring.
- Thabo Sefolosha has been playing great lately. Is it enough to hold off Harden from starting? Who knows. However, Thabo had 12 points tonight. He hit 2 of his 3 three-point attempts. Thabo is averaging 6.4 points on the season.
- Last time OKC was 5-0? Never while in Oklahoma City. However, go back to Sonic times, it’s 1998-1999. A lock out season. It’s a coincidence.
- The bench accounted for 53 points tonight. Three players in double figures. Nazr Mohammed was close with nine points.
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