The Oklahoma City Thunder opened up the 2017-2018 season with an emphatic 105-84 win over the New York Knicks. Here are some numbers that definitely stood out:
71 is the number of points scored by Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, and Paul George. It’s safe to say all three of these guys can really score the basketball. George had it going from deep as well, as he knocked down six threes.
The number of assists Russell Westbrook had. You can tell that Russell has taken on a new game this season as he got others open all night long. He was constantly looking to make a play for someone else. Russell has grown up and improved so much in just a couple of short years and it is really showing now.
Oklahoma City has now won nine straight home openers. Their last loss? The opening night of this franchise.
Oklahoma City ended the night with 14 takeaways. The Thunder was able to get a deflection on almost every pass and it led to many fast break points. Steven Adams had five steals and was a defensive menace all night long. The 14 steals doesn’t give the Thunder defense enough credit as they forced 25 total turnovers on the night.
The Thunder had 18 turnovers of their own tonight as they couldn’t seem to find a ton of rhythm early, as expected. As the game went on, the Thunder really started to mesh and showed how scary the Thunder can be. Oklahoma City needs to cut down on turnovers if they want to live up to the hype they have created this season.
The number of three pointers the Thunder took tonight. That is not necessarily a bad thing, but the Thunder really struggled to knock them down early. Everything started falling late though, as they finished with 11 makes from downtown. Oklahoma City has a plethora of three point shooters this year so expect a high volume of threes most games.
Oklahoma City now has 300 sellouts at Chesapeake Energy Arena. That is for regular season and playoff games, combined. While the Thunder have the second longest streak in the NBA, for perspective the Dallas Mavericks have sold out every game since 2001, at 705 consecutive games.
The margin of victory for Oklahoma City tonight. Although it wasn’t the cleanest game, it was nonetheless very impressive. The Thunder didn’t play their best game tonight and still won by 21. Oklahoma City will have a bit of a tougher matchup as they travel to Utah Saturday. By the looks of tonight, this season is gonna be a fun one.
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