Real Plus/Minus: OKC stops Warriors

The Oklahoma City Thunder put it all together nicely for four quarters, as they got a dominant 108-91 victory over the Golden State Warriors. It was a nice surprise, as the Thunder didn’t blow their big lead, and kept Golden State out of striking distance for the majority of the game.


Jerami Grant

Jerami Grant was great early on the defensive side of the ball. Grant recorded two blocks on Kevin Durant that were at a crucial time that added to the crowd’s intensity. Grant has been fantastic this season off the bench that has been a tremendous asset for Coach Billy Donovan to unleash with either Paul George, Carmelo Anthony or Russell Westbrook in the second unit.

Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook was at his very very best against the Golden State Warriors. Westbrook played 36:56 minutes shooting 13-of-27 for a season-high 34 points on 48.1 percent shooting with 10 rebounds and nine assists. It wasn’t just Westbrook’s offense that was a factor it was his defensive efforts especially early in the third quarter when Westbrook got back to back defensive stops leading to two buckets. Westbrook’s energy was immense for his team he set the tone early and continued it for 48 minutes and his team, and his fans thrived off it, and the Warriors were terrified.

Paul George

Last season Russell Westbrook had big games against the Warriors, and it mattered none as the warriors would go on and win by 20, this season Westbrook had help in Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, but it was George that was Westbrook’s biggest weapon. George played 39:45 minutes scoring 20 points on 8-of-19 on 42.1 percent with 11 rebounds, four steals, and two blocks. George has been tremendous from three-point range this year as he went 4-of-10 from three George has credited Westbrook for his uplift in three-point shooting but George is precisely what the Thunder ordered for Westbrook, and it is slowly coming together, and they are looking lethal.

Free throws

This season the Thunder have had issues on defense when they have had significant leads letting teams off the hook by fouling the shooters or by putting them into the bonus and putting the opposition on the free throw line. Against the Warriors, the Thunder only put the Warriors on the line 18 times that was a big win for the Thunder and their defense. The Thunder were able to get to the line themselves 26 times shooting 69.2 percent with Russell Westbrook getting to the line eight times making seven of them making 87.5 percent.

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