Russell Westbrook was back to Honey Badger status on Tuesday. Westbrook had 30 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists leading the Thunder in a very hard fought win over the Memphis Grizzlies 100-95. Memphis dropped to 3-6, while the Thunder are now tied with the Chicago Bulls with a 9-2 overall record.
The first quarter was the Westbrook show. Westbrook had 12 points, 3 rebounds and 1 assist in the first quarter alone. In a quarter that was led most of the way by the Grizzlies, Westbrook kept the team afloat while the reserves came in and helped the Thunder take a 26-25 lead after the first quarter. It was the seventh straight game that OKC has led after the first quarter.
The second quarter was a quick quarter, led by Westbrook and Kevin Durant. Thabo Sefolosha contributued again by getting starting by hitting three point shots in key situations. After the end of the first half, Oklahoma City led the Grizzlies 54-42.
Really impressed by Serge Ibaka and James Harden’s play in the third quarter. Kevin Durant was something special there as well. When Memphis came back and took a 66-63 lead, here came OKC. Next thing you knew, Thunder were up 75-67. The Grizzlies would battle back in the third quarter to cut it to OKC 75-71 lead.
Post game grades
Oklahoma City dominated the overall rebound total 51-39. However, OKC did give up 10 offensive rebounds. Which was better than the last time they played Memphis. Overall, it was a really good job by the defensive and offensive rebounding.
Reggie Jackson: C-
Reggie Jackson wasn’t very involved in this game. He finished 1-4 with four points. Also was -6 in the +/- category. He wasn’t really needed in this game with Westbrook playing the way he payed, so it’s really hard to just Jackson on this game. He started out a little uncomfortable and really looked comfortable as the game went on. So, that was something positive about his game.
Opponent Shooting: C+
The first half was tough to tell, Both teams popped the 50 mark. Memphis shot 50%, as did OKC. Only reason OKC led in the first half was their ability to get to the free throw line.
Some thoughts from the game
- How about Russell Westbrook. His first half was awesome. Everyone loved it. He was 7-8 in the first half. However, second half he was just 5-12. Either way. He was awesome. It’s so tough to find a negative (even if I did) about his performance. This was definitely an All-Star type of performance.
- Serge Ibaka extended his block streak to 24 straight games dating back to last season.
- James Harden wasn’t that big of a bother on the books. However, his defense and his ability to get to the line really was impressive. He did more away from the basketball than usual.
- Thabo freakin‘ Sefolosha! 3-3 from deep. He’s not shooting over 60% from beyond three-point range. It’s a beautiful sight. He finished with 12 points.
- How good was Westbrook tonight? I’ve barely mentioned Kevin Durant who had a double-double. That’s how good he was.
- The assists is a big thing to me. 14 assists? Really, just 14. Mind blowing.
- Kendrick Perkins now has technicals in back-to-back games, four total on the season and is on pace for 24 technicals in the 66-game season. A player serves a one-game suspension on his 13th technical.