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OKC wins their fourth straight after a 19 point run in the second quarter, defeating the Bobcats, 116-94
The Oklahoma City Thunder shot 57% from the field tonight on their way to blowout win against the Charlotte Bobcats, 116-94.
The Thunder were down by 1 at the end of the first, before going on 19-0 run to start to second quarter on their way to a 14 point halftime lead, and the Bobcats never got back into the game. The blow resulted in another game in which Scott Brooks got to play the reserves for entirety of the fourth quarter.
What is your initial reaction to tonight's result?
Last night we saw the Thunder win at the buzzer, in Madison Square Garden, against one of the best teams in league.Tonight, they were on the road at Charlotte, against the worst team in the NBA, who they beat by nearly 50 points earlier in the year. Tonight had every indication that would we see the Thunder let up. Instead, while OKC was down at the end of the first, the rest of the game was never even close.
Derek Fisher had his best game since joining the Thunder this season. Finishing with 13 points on 5-6 shooting and 3 assists. Ronnie Brewer was the only player to not score tonight, forgoing his only scoring opportunity in the final seconds to not run up the score.
What was, overall, the main reason why the Thunder won?
OKC held the Bobcats' starters to only 15-42 shooting tonight. While the Thunder shot an impressive 57% from the floor and 50% from 3 pt. Resulting in six Thunder players scoring in double figures. Outside of Gerald Henderson, the Bobcats are either too young, or not talented enough, to stop the Thunder. Only 2 players on the Thunder, Westbrook and Martin, shot under 50% tonight.
What was a key statistic to understanding the game?
The Thunder starters scored only 60 points, while the bench had 56. While the bench point are a bit inflated because Brooks played the reserves for the entire fourth quarter, it shows that the Bobcats lineup were simply not able to keep up with the Thunder's offense. For the second straight night the Thunder bench was able to play much better on the road than it has all season.
What does this game mean to the Thunder tonight and going forward?
There's not really much else to say about this game. It just a beat down, plain and simple, nothing too extraordinary happened. The Thunder avoided any sort of let down against the Bobcats, and now will host the Celtics in a national televised game. The Thunder will then have to go to the San Antonio to face the Spurs in a game that will have a huge impact on who wins the west.
|Final - 3.8.2013||1||2||3||4||Total|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||28||36||26||26||116|
Thunder Wonder: Kevin Durant, 19 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds.
Thunder Down Under: Thabo Sefolosha, 13 points, 5-6 FGs.
Thunder Blunder: None
Thunder Plunderer: Gerald Henderson, 21 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds.
Next game: vs. Boston Celtics, on Sunday, March 10 @ 12:00 pm CT.
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