It was a total team effort in the fourth quarter, as the Oklahoma City Thunder battled back in the fourth quarter to steal a 109-104 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Thunder started out strong, leading wire to wire in the first half, behind a great performance from the reserves. Steven Adams got out to a quick start, putting up 10 points just in the first quarter.

It was a low energy third quarter from Oklahoma City that gave the Pelicans life, who led by five to start the fourth quarter. New Orleans was able to outscore the Thunder 31 to 17 in the third quarter, alone.

Oklahoma City, like they have done plenty of times this season, battled back in the fourth quarter. It was led by Dennis Schröder, who finished with 25 points on the night, put up 12 points in the fourth quarter which was a huge lift for the Thunder.

Oklahoma City played great as a team tonight, with a game high 27 assists. They also had a stellar performance from the bench, as the bench unit put up 58 of Oklahoma City’s 109 points. Nader was a huge part of that, chipping in 19 of those by himself, as he hit four three-pointers while shooting 80 percent from beyond the arc.

After starting out very quickly, Adams was held scoreless after the first quarter. That was until the final minute of the game, as he scored back to back buckets to seal the win for Oklahoma City.

The Thunder move to 2-0 on the year versus the Pelicans. They will face them again in New Orleans on Sunday, which will be the last time they see the Pelicans until late February.

Brandon Ingram again continued with a solid performance in what has been a rejuvenating season for his career. He had a team-high 26 points, along with eight rebounds and four assists, and was a huge part in New Orleans’ third quarter run to take the lead over the Thunder, which proved to be temporary. The Pelicans had seven different players finish with at least 10 points tonight.

Heading into tonight, the Pelicans had been one of the best three-point shooting teams in the NBA this year. Oklahoma City held them to just 29 percent from deep on the night, which was another key in the win for Thunder. Oklahoma City shot nearly 40 percent from deep as well.

The Thunder were able to outscore the Pelicans 30-20 in the fourth quarter, as well as scoring the final five points of the game, which proved to be the most important.

Kenrich Williams, who started for New Orleans, left the game early in the first half after a nasty ankle roll while driving into the paint. He was fortunately able to walk to the locker room under his own power.

Oklahoma City finished the month of November at 6-7. Overall on the season they move to 7-11, and are 3-4 in their last seven. The Thunder will need to be locked in moving forward, as they will play five road games in their first seven games entering into the month of December.

 

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Marshall Clayton

Marshall Clayton is a college student by day, NBA fan by night.