The Thunder needed a win at home in game 2, and their leaders Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook provided it. Lest you think this was a 2-man show, check out how the rest of the Thunder stepped up as well.
Joining in the grades today is Kevin Yeung.
||Russell Westbrook got yet another triple-double (with some help of the scoring table) and dominated this game. He was quick, decisive, and took it to the Clippers' defense. Westbrook got Chris Paul in early foul trouble and absolutely dominated that match-up after CP3 took it to him in game one. The third quarter was RUSSDICULOUS.|
|KEVIN||This was the Russell Westbrook game. There was the triple-double, the game-changing third-quarter takeover, the loud celebrations and shot selection that was juuuust poor enough at specific times to make people question Westbrook's style of play. In every way imaginable, he imposed his will on this game. Regardless of individual possessions that may not be in the team's best interest, Westbrook is best when he dominates his opponent with the sheer braggadocio of his play.|
||Two straight garbage time appearances by Jeremy Lamb, but this time, it was because the Thunder were handing out work.|
|KEVIN||Lamb with the close-out minutes in the win.|
||Unbelievable performance by the Thunder last night, in particular the starting unit. They scored 99 points combined, that's 2 points less than the entire Clippers team. Durant and Westbrook were outstanding, but they got an extra boost from Perkins and Thabo. The only thing that kept this grade from being an A+ was the lack of bench play. I'm looking at you, Reggie Jackson and Caron Butler. But, overall, it was a magnificent performance. Now we're going to L.A!|
||I don't remember the last time the entire starting lineup played so well together on one night. It's a great feeling, and though I was frustrated by the level of focus in the first half, they turned around in a big way in the second half. Go good guys!|
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