The Oklahoma City Thunder played their second preseason game of this season, defeating the Dallas Mavericks, 118-109. OKC started the game strong and continued being stable through the third quarter, but when it came to the fourth quarter, they started getting hot which made them nail the win easily with a 9 points lead.
The Thunder were led by Anthony Morrow, who finished with 21 points while shooting 40% from the field and 4-7 from the 3-point line. Steven Adams scored 19 points, grabbed 5 rebounds all along with 5 rebounds and 3 blocks. Jeremy Lamb recorded a double-double scoring 19 points while shooting 40% from the field and 2-5 from behind the arc. He had 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, and 1 block. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 25 points as they where both limited again to play for 13 minutes of action.
What is your initial reaction to tonight's result?
It always feels good to see the Thunder winning, they actually impressed me a lot. For a moment I thought that the shooting guard position was completely dead, but Lamb and Morrow proved me wrong. They where much better against the Mavs, reliable, and offensively consistent. Their defense was stable and tough.
The team continued to show growth in overall teamwork, as 6 players on the team ended scoring in double digits; Lamb, Durant, Westbrook, Adams, Jackson, and Morrow. Not only that, almost the entire team ended scoring five points or more.
What was, overall, the main reason why the Thunder won?
Due to the existence of the consistent reliable offensive production from the shooting guard spot and the presence of the aspect of teamwork all long with tough defense, the Thunder had the ability to win the game.
Matter of fact, all what the Thunder need in order to secure a successful season is to have the following aspect I've listed above present on the floor.
Next Game: October 14 vs. Memphis. Oklahoma City, OK 7:00 PM.