It was another monster game from Russell Westbrook as the Oklahoma City ended their three game losing streak with a home win versus the Denver Nuggets. It was a nice bounce back game, as the Thunder had a fully healthy roster with the return of Cameron Payne. Here are some Thunder digits that led to the win:
Russell Westbrook recorded his 17th triple double of the season, putting up 32 points, 17 rebounds, and 11 assists. It was his third triple double ever against the Denver Nuggets.
While Westbrook had 17 triple-doubles on the season as we just stated, the Denver Nuggets since 1994 have only had 17 triple-doubles as a franchise. Let that sink it.
Westbrook has now hit 15 three pointers in his past two games, including seven of those hit tonight. Russell shot 58 percent from three and is shooting almost 40 percent in his last four games.
Oklahoma City had 11 blocks tonight, and made it tough all game for Denver to score down low. Steven Adams had four of the eleven blocks, while Jerami Grant also recorded four.
Thunder have been plagued by bad free throw shooting all season, but that was not the case tonight. Oklahoma City made 23 of their 29 attempted free throws. Denver went to the hacking strategy late in the fourth, and both Roberson and Adams stepped up to hit the big free throws.
Cameron Payne in his season debut had eight points, six of those points coming from three-pointers. Payne will be a big piece to the Thunder’s second unit success and tonight it showed how much of a difference he makes with his scoring and passing ability.
Andre Roberson put up 13 points, as he continues to actually contribute well to the Thunder’s offense. Roberson has now scored in double figures in back to back games. Instead of just standing in the corner for the majority of Thunder’s offensive possessions, Roberson has been using cuts to the baskets and drives to the lane to become a lot more effective on that end of the floor.
It was another nice game from the Thunder’s bench overall, as they put up 36 bench points. It was a contribution from many different Thunder bench players, including 14 from Enes Kanter and seven points from Alex Abrines.
Domantas Sabonis, who has struggled to get to the free throw line in his rookie season, hit all five of his free throw attempts. Sabonis was a big part of the offense in the first quarter, and he took full advantage putting up nine points while drawing fouls on Denver along the way. Sabonis had three separate trips to the charity stripe, which was something we haven’t seen all year.