In a game where Oklahoma City never trailed, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook both chipped in 31 points a piece as Oklahoma City survived a late rally by the New Orleans Hornets to win 101-93. The win improves Oklahoma City to 25-7 and 13-1 at home. It’s the ninth straight home victory for the Thunder. The New Orleans Hornets dropped to 7-24 and just 4-10 on the road.
The Thunder lead by as many as 24 midway through the third quarter when New Orleans starting to fight back. After a Jarrett Jack three-point shot in the third quarter, a disgusted Durant called a time out. Off the ensuing possession, Durant would score four points, pushing the 18 point lead up to 22. Kendrick Perkins would have a put back, pushing the lead to 24 at 76-52.
After three quarters, Oklahoma City led 84-69. The Hornets fought hard. They cut it to 10 points with just 1:23 into the fourth quarter. Durant would check back in the game with 8 minutes to go and a 10 point lead. He pushed it to 14 when OKC led 90-76 at 7:37 left in the game.
Jarrett Jack tried his hardest. He scored 11 of the 24 points for the Hornets in the fourth quarter. However, wasn’t enough as Russell Westbrook was perfect from the line in the fourth quarter, going 6-6 in the final five minutes.
Post Game Grades
Oklahoma City scored 101 points, about their average. They held the Hornets to just over their average, and it was just enough. Oklahoma City was bad from behind the three-point line though. OKC were 8-26 from deep for just 30%
Oklahoma City had 15 assists on 36 made baskets. Reggie Jackson and Russell Westbrook had four assists a piece. A few missed baskets and a lot of free throw attempts did limit the assists.
Block out: C
OKC won the the rebounding battle but allowed 16 offensive rebounds. Hornets had 25 second chance points. The offensive rebounds really kept the Hornets in the game.
- The crowd was NOT into this game at all. Well, for the first five minutes of the game, then it went away. It was very obvious with about six minutes to go, OKC was up just 10 points and the crowd cleared out. It’s not about the leaving early, it’s the lack of enthusiasm. Let’s chalk this up to a hangover from last night.
- Durant and Westbrook were really just on it tonight. Combined 20-39, 5-10 from 3pt range and 17-19 from the line for 62 points.
- Serge Ibaka was impressive. 13 rebounds, 9 points and 3 blocks.
- Cole Aldrich was great and bad all in the same game. His defense was impressive at times, but then trying to get out on the fast break, he seemed to mess it up. I guess that’s something you learn as you learn to play with this team.
- That said, Royal Ivey leading a fast break just looked so awkward. Ended up with a turnover on the one fast break he led.
- Ivey played great if you asked me outside of the fast break attempt. Ivey was 2-6 from three-point range. It really helped since Daequan Cook wasn’t able to find his shot.
- Daequan Cook is now 4-34 in his last six games. He went 1-9 tonight. I will give Cook the benefit of the doubt though. He hit two threes, but neither counted. One was where he stepped out of bounds. The other was after a charge.
- The fourth quarter was bad for Oklahoma City. They scored just 17 points. Shot just 4-14 from the floor while the Hornets went 11-27. What’s the craziest thing about that is that they almost doubled the shots by OKC in the quarter.
Next up: Wednesday vs. The Celtics.
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