It was a reunion in the Chesapeake arena as the Oklahoma City Thunder took on the Indian Pacers. Domas Sabonis and Victor Oladipo got a nice ovation from the home crowd, while Paul George faced off against his former team. The Thunder cruised to a 114-97 win behind a spectacular game from Russell Westbrook who recorded another triple double in this early season. Here are some interesting digits from tonight’s game:
Westbrook was a monster tonight, and continues to play like one of the best players on the planet. He recorded his second triple-double of the season in just four games played for Oklahoma City. He finished the night with 28 points, 10 rebounds and 16 assists.
It was a nice night for Josh Huestis, who saw himself play 25 minutes off the bench. It was probably because of Terrance Ferguson not being healthy the past couple days, but also how Huestis performed in the preseason he earned these minutes. It will be interesting moving forward if Huestis can play his way consistently into the rotation.
Steven Adams had a heck of a game, feasting on the Indiana frontcourt. He finished with 17 points, along with 11 rebounds. Adams also shot 62 percent from the floor. Steven continues to look very good early in this season, and has gotten better and better each game so far.
The officiating at times was very weird tonight, going from a lot of ticky-tack calls, to players being mauled and no-call. Nonetheless, Indiana capitalized and got to the free throw line 35 times, hitting 30 of those attempts. Knowing that, it is even more impressive Oklahoma City held the Pacers to 96 points, almost a third of those points coming from the charity stripe.
It was a frustrating night for Paul George, who could not stay out of foul trouble. That factor kept George to just 19 minutes played tonight, with only 10 points. He did shoot 50 percent from the floor, just not much time to get his offense going considering the little amount of time he was able to be in the game.
The number 35 was obviously a popular number tonight, as Victor Oladipo put up 35 points, a game-high. Victor looked very comfortable tonight and seems to embrace being “the” guy in Indiana. Oladipo has had an insanely great start to the season.
The Oklahoma City defense was very impressive tonight, finishing with eight steals and eight blocks. Adams had two blocks and two steals, while Westbrook had three of the eight steals. Carmelo Anthony was also active on defense, finishing with three blocks.
Carmelo Anthony continues to look very comfortable on his new squad, putting up 28 points tonight on 53 percent shooting from the field. He led the team in scoring, while also chipping in ten rebounds.
All in all, it was an all-around effort from this Thunder team. Three different Thunder players, Anthony, Westbrook, and Adams finished with a double-double. Tonight was a good night in showing this team’s improvements in playing together, and how the chemistry is building each game.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!