The Oklahoma City Thunder took care of business on a normal Wednesday night, beating the Chicago Bulls 92-79. Oklahoma City now has won three straight and are 7-7 on the year.
First Quarter Defense
The Oklahoma City Thunder’s first quarter defense was phenomenal. The Thunder held the Chicago Bulls to just seven points for the entire quarter. The Thunder were able to cause multiple shot clock violations while also keeping the Bulls to shooting 2-of-16 at 12.5 percent. OKC also dominated the glass by out rebounding the Bulls 15-8 with eight of the Thunder’s 15 rebounds being on the defensive side of the ball.
Thunder's defense has forced two shot clock violations, 1-of-8 shooting from Chicago in first 5:30. Rotating nicely.
— Erik Horne (@ErikkHorne) November 16, 2017
Westbrook lights up the second quarter
Russell Westbrook shot 0-of-4 in the first quarter. Westbrook exploded in the second quarter shooting 5-of-5 at 100 percent from the field and 2-of-2 from three-point range at 100 percent and if that wasn’t enough after starting the season struggling from the free throw line Westbrook went 5-of-5 from the line at 100 percent. Westbrook also had three trademark Russell Westbrook slams, It wasn’t just on the offensive side of the ball Westbrook was impacting, but on the defensive side, he had three steals continuing his streak of three-plus steals in a game to five. Westbrook finished the game playing 31:53 minutes scoring 21 points, five rebounds, seven assists with four steals.
— NBA (@NBA) November 16, 2017
Jearmi Grant continues to grow
Jerami Grant continues to develop as a player since he has been traded to the Thunder from the Philidelphia 76ers last season he has grown leaps and bounds from the player that first arrived. This season Grant has become more controlled and intelligent basketball player. Grant has developed into an excellent defender who can switch and rotate and also has become someone who has developed a skill in getting charge calls along with his athleticism he has become a real asset for Billy Donovan.
Jerami Grant has gotten a lot better. He's so much more fluid on defense, doesn't mess up switches/rotations nearly as much as he used to. Props to him. He's worked hard.
— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) November 16, 2017
Free throw shooting
The Oklahoma City Thunder was coming into this game the 24th worst team at the free throw line shooting at 74 percent. Tonight against the Bulls the Thunder got to the line 37 times making 32 of them shooting at 86.5 percent. The man who has had the most significant struggle at the free throw line this season is Russell Westbrook shooting at 67.9 percent shot seven free throws tonight hitting 7-of-7 at 100 percent it looks like Westbrook and the Thunder are turning things around at the line.
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