CLEVELAND — If you fell asleep during this game, no one would blame you one bit. It was quite the snooze-fest, as Oklahoma City Thunder took care of business against the worst team in the league in the Cleveland Cavaliers, 95-86.
The Thunder are now 6-4 on the season, and on a six game win streak. The Cavaliers now fall to 1-10, the worst record in the league.
Dennis Schröder was phenomenal for the second game in the row, finishing with 28 points on 58 percent shooting from the floor.
Outside of a 17-0 run by Oklahoma City, which was over a span between the second and third quarter, this was a pretty sloppy contest from both teams. There was a combined 31 turnovers, and both teams shot below 40 percent for the majority of the game. The Thunder finished just above 41 percent from the floor.
Oklahoma City led by as much as 16 points, but with the poor shooting, could not keep Cleveland from inching back into this one.
The Cavaliers did it by committee tonight, with six different players scoring in double figures. The rookie Collin Sexton led the way with 15 points, showing off some impressive finishes at the rim.
Oklahoma City started the second half with a lot of good ball movement, which led to a lot of good looks.
“I think we had good ball movement, and had really good energy, and got some good stuff going down hill,” Billy Donovan said. “Then [Cavs] chopped it down, and the lead stayed between seven and eleven points.”
“I thought both teams were inconsistent shooting the ball,” Donovan said. “For us, I am happy the way we defended and fought on that side of the ball.”
After Oklahoma City got up 12 early in the fourth quarter, the Cavaliers caught fire with a handful of threes, hitting four from deep in the fourth quarter. They used those to tie it up at 84 with just under five minutes left in the game.
Then Oklahoma City finally seemed to wake up a bit, putting the clamps on Cleveland holding them to just two points in the last 4:49. The Thunder outscored the Cavs 11-2 over that final span.
Paul George finished with a quiet 18 points, while Hamidou Diallo had a nice spark off the bench with eight points in 13 minutes.
Steven Adams gave Tristan Thompson fits all night as well, as a he pulled down five of the Thunder’s seven offensive rebounds.
Oklahoma City will now head back home for a game tomorrow night versus the Houston Rockets, and will still most likely be without Russell Westbrook. The Thunder will be looking for their seventh win in a row.
Keys To The Game
Start Fast: C+
Both teams shot very poor in that opening quarter, but Oklahoma City still was able to get out to a lead, being very active on the defensive side of the ball.
Stop Fouling: B
There was still plenty of fouling going around, but Oklahoma City didn’t allow Cleveland to get in the bonus early in quarters like they did versus New Orleans a couple nights ago. Still, plenty of room for the Thunder to improve on not picking up dumb foul calls.
Paul George: B-
Though he didn’t score a ton, as most of the scoring game from Dennis Schröder, George picked his spots well, and was the playmaker when needed. He got a lot of guys open looks, while shooting the ball relatively well.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!