The snow is frightful and Russell Westbrook is oh so delightful.
Brooklyn was buried in snow and the game was almost postponed but not before Russell Westbrook eviscerated what was left of the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night 122-104.
Russell Westbrook finished with 25 points, 19 assists, and 12 rebounds. It is Westbrook’s 33rd triple-double of the season and 70th of his career.
Oklahoma City has now won three straight games and are 38-29 on the season.
The Thunder’s magic number, the amount of games they need to win to clinch a playoff position, is now eight games.
Westbrook dished out eight assists in the first quarter and the Thunder kept the Nets (12-54) at arm’s length. However, Andre Roberson’s three fouls in the first quarter was the tide turning in favor of Brooklyn. Brooklyn outscored Oklahoma City 16-11 to end the quarter after Roberson went to the bench.
Though the Thunder jumped out to a 53-43 lead with 5:23 left in the second quarter, Brooklyn used a 17-4 run to take a 60-57 lead with 1:26 remaining until halftime. Brooklyn forced a tie at the break with the Thunder 62-all.
When Roberson returned and Westbrook continued to dish out dimes with velocity. Oklahoma City finally created some space when Roberson nailed a corner three-pointer as the Thunder went up 77-73 with 5:12 left in the third.
Victor Oladipo finished with 21 points on 9-of-15 shooting. Oklahoma City is now 13-3 when Oladipo scores at least 20 points. Steven Adams scored 11 points and pulled down five rebounds. Taj Gibson had 17 points in his third straight start. Gibson also had eight rebounds.
Off the bench, Alex Abrines had 13 points, including three treys. Enes Kanters scored 17 points and five rebounds.
Overall, the Thunder were 10-of-22 from deep. For the worst three-point shooting team in the league, it was a great performance for Oklahoma City. The Thunder were 7-of-13 in the second half.
The victory ends Oklahoma City’s 7-game road losing streak. The Thunder had not won on the road since Jan. 25.
Oklahoma City went out to a 91-83 to end the quarter and into double digits with 7:46 left in the game as Westbrook’s take over was complete. The Thunder caught fire, outscoring Brooklyn 31-21 in the fourth and closing out any chances of a Brooklyn come back.
The Thunder head north of the border to take on the Toronto Raptors for a 6 p.m. showdown on Thursday night. The game will be on FSOK and no TNT due to the NCAA Tournament.
KEYS TO THE GAME
Flex your muscles: B+
Despite the huge effort by the Nets tonight, the Thunder took care of business and won on the road. It had been something that had been haunting the Thunder the last month and a half. Finally, that is off their backs. Could have been a bad loss, but they held on.
Make your free throws: D
Oklahoma City only hit 70 percent of their free shots tonight. The Thunder only 13-of-19 from the charity stripe in the second half and an abysmal 5-of-10 in the third quarter.
Take care of the ball: B
Though 15 turnovers for the Thunder, they were pretty good for about three quarters in taking care of it. They only had six at halftime and that alone was a quality improvement. Oklahoma City can do better and should.