Sometimes you just need a big win. You need one where you can run up the score and enjoy yourself. For the Oklahoma City Thunder, that happened on Saturday night. The Thunder spanked the Chicago Bulls … at the United Center on Saturday, Oct. 28.
The Thunder improved to 3-3 on the season. Oklahoma City is averaging 23.3 points per game in victories this season.
Russell Westbrook finished with 12 points, 13 assists and 13 rebounds. He now has a triple-double against every NBA team Westbrook has played against. The only one remaining is the Thunder, because you know you can’t triple-double on your own team. Leave it to Westbrook to try.
Oklahoma City jumped on the Bulls early and often. A slew of three-pointers gave Oklahoma City an early 15-3 lead. While Chicago closed to within 26-23, the Thunder really laid it on in the second quarter. Oklahoma City held Chicago to only eight points in the frame, outscoring the Bulls 31-8.
Oklahoma City led 50-31 at the break.
The Thunder didn’t stop there. They pushed their lead 30 point a couple of times.
It was so bad at one point, Jerami Grant raced down the floor for a dunk and every Bull’s player stopped running and let Grant dunk away. They had fully checked out.
Dakari Johnson scored and Abrines drained treys in the fourth quarter, keeping the Bulls at as far of an arm’s length as you can.
The Thunder nailed 13 three-pointers, led by Carmelo Anthony’s five makes. it’s the second most in Thunder history, tying a multitude of players. Anthony finished with a game high 21 points and pulled down five rebounds.
Anthony is the first Thunder player to score 20 or more in his first six games with the team.
Oklahoma City’s bench, led by Raymond Felton, scored 31 points on 31 makes. While not super efficient it definitely finished the job.
The Thunder are off on Sunday and Monday. They’ll welcome Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks to a showdown in Milwaukee on Halloween night. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Keys to the Game
Get Russ a triple-double: A+
While a real key isn’t getting Westbrook his elusive triple-double, it’s not exactly a coincidence the Thunder are 3-0 when Westbrook triple-doubles. Westbrook did it easily and in 25 minutes. It gave him the ability to rest in the fourth quarter.
Dominate the paint: A+
The Thunder out-rebounded and truly dominated the paint tonight. The Thunder had five more rebounds and outscored the Bulls in the paint by 20 points. That’s an A+ performance tonight by the Thunder bigs.
Stomp on them: A+
Last night against the T-Wolves, Oklahoma City blew some leads. However, the Thunder put their foot on the gas and never looked back. While it may be “just” the Bulls, they still took care of business tonight. That’s really all you ask for out of a team for four quarters.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!