It what was maybe the most complete game of the season, Oklahoma City thumped the Chicago Bulls 109-94 on Monday night.
The Thunder improved to 23-16 on the season and grabbed their first road win in a tough January slate.
We certainly have a long stretch ahead of this month,” Thunder head coach Billy Donovan. “Previous road trips helped us get this win tonight.”
It’s Oklahoma City’s first win in the Windy City since March of 2014.
“Just take this one game at a time,” Russell Westbrook said. “Continue to move forward.”
Westbrook finished with 21 points, nine rebounds, 14 assists. It’s the fourth time this season he has been one point, rebound or assist shy of triple-double.
Oklahoma City came out firing early on, grabbing a quick 31-20 lead off an Enes Kanter and-one opportunity early second quarter. The lead continued to balloon for the Thunder through fantastic ball movement from Westbrook, who had seven assists at halftime.
A Joffrey Lauvergne three-pointer and a Kanter put back all of a sudden saw the Thunder hold a 39-22 lead with 8:59 left until halftime.
Westbrook nailed his only three-pointer with two seconds left in the half, putting Oklahoma City up 61-46 at the break.
Steven Adams and Kanter feasted on the worn out Bulls. With Jimmy Butler sick and Dwayne Wade banged up, both eventually left and did not return, the twin towers lit up the Bulls for 42 points and 17 rebounds. They were a combined 20-of-25 from the floor.
It’s the second time Kanter and Adams have scored 20 each in a game (Dec. 25 vs. Minnesota).
“All year long they continue to make my job easier on both sides of the floor,” Westbrook said.
Taj Gibson hit a free throw, cutting the game to a 67-57 Thunder advantage with 6:51 left in the third and there were signs of a Thunder collapse. However, Oklahoma City went on a 22-7 blow up to give Oklahoma City a 89-64 lead with 54 seconds left in the third.
Victor Oladipo finished with 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Alex Abrines hit one three-pointer, finishing with seven points. Andre Roberson had 8 points tonight.
The Thunder dished out a season high 30 assists.
No rest for the weary as Oklahoma City welcomes the rival Memphis Grizzlies into Chesapeake Energy Arena on Wednesday night. Game is scheduled for 7 p.m. and will be a nationally televised game on ESPN.
Keys to the Game
Defend the three: C
Oklahoma City allowed Chicago to score 35 percent of their deep balls tonight. Which didn’t really matter as Chicago couldn’t hit a two really to save their life. Oklahoma City can say they were pretty lucky with what they allowed. Against better competition, this could be a dagger.
Get to the FT line: F
Oklahoma City only took 11 free throw attempts tonight. Like the first key, it didn’t matter much as Oklahoma City shot the lights out. Had the Thunder missed some shots, this could have changed the game considerably. Oklahoma City lived to fight another day.
Oklahoma City’s bench had the most points (40) since their New Year’s Eve win over the Clippers (53). They were 17-of-32 from the floor and really dominated when they were in the game, particularly Enes Kanter, who finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds.Looking for Oklahoma City Thunder tickets? Thunder Digest has you covered at Totallytickets.com! We invite you to follow Thunder Digest on Twitter and like Thunder Digest on Facebook. Our Podcast is on iTunes. We also have a Thunder Digest Instagram account if you love fun Thunder photography!