It was Oklahoma City Thunder’s preseason opener, as they took on the Houston Rockets in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Rockets took the win at a score of 104-97, but Thunder fans all over got their first real look at the Thunder and all their new additions to the roster including Carmelo Anthony and Paul George. Here are some interesting digits from tonight’s game:
Even in the loss, Carmelo was a bright spot catching fire early, putting up all 19 of his points in the first half in just 19 minutes played. He shot 54 percent from the floor, while hitting three of his five attempts from three-point land.
Houston seemingly couldn’t miss from deep, hitting 24 three-pointers tonight. They looked like they were in mid-season form, as they hit an impressive 44 percent of their attempts beyond the arc. Eric Gordon led the way as he hit six of the 24 makes.
Paul George played 26 minutes tonight, most of those minutes coming in the first half, but also played a little in the third quarter. He finished the night with 15 points on just over 45 percent shooting from the floor.
Twelve different Thunder players saw the floor tonight, including the rookie Terrance Ferguson and other young guys like Dakari Johnson and Daniel Hamilton.
Oklahoma City was very sloppy with the ball tonight, turning the ball over 18 times. It was their first game of the pre-season so there will be some kinks to workout, but it is not something to write off. Turnover numbers will be something to pay attention to, especially with all the new faces on the team this season.
Five different Thunder players finished with double digits in scoring tonight, including Isaiah Canaan and Daniel Hamilton with 11 points each. Jerami Grant also put up 10 points of his own.
Kyle Singler got his fair share of playing time tonight, logging 13 minutes played. Even though he was 0-for from the field, he was still a plus-10 in the plus/minus column, which means nothing, but is also quite hilarious.We invite you to follow Thunder Digest on Twitter and like Thunder Digest on Facebook. Don't forget to subsribe on Youtube! Our Podcast is on iTunes and on Stitcher. We also have a Thunder Digest Instagram account if you love fun Thunder photography!