The Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Philadelphia 76ers 123-118 in overtime on Wednesday night. Oklahoma City was carried by MVP candidate Russell Westbrook, who notched his fourth consecutive triple double, with 49 points, 16 rebounds, and 10 assists. The 76ers were led by point guard Isaiah Canaan, who had 31 points and 8 makes from beyond the arc. Despite how many points were scored, it was a sloppy game, with Philly shooting a Thunder opponent season high 44 free throws.
What is your initial reaction to tonight's result?
The Thunder starting unit was absolutely horrendous tonight, but the bench made up for it. Three bench players scored in double figures, and Dion Waiters even picked up a double double with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Get this, the starting unit was a combined minus 93. The bench? The bench was plus 118 combined. This was a frustrating game, but it was encouraging. Your starters won't have it every night, so the bench needs to be able to step up. Tonight, Waiters, D.J. Augustin, and Anthony Morrow helped save the Thunder from an embarrassing home loss.
What was, overall, the main reason why the Thunder won?
RUSSELL WESTBROOK. Outside of a DJ Augustin three that gave Russ his 10th assist, Russell scored the final 16 points for OKC. Nobody could contain him.
Thunder Wonder: RUSSELL WESTBROOK: 49 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists, 4 steals
Thunder Down Under: Dion Waiters: 20 points, 10 rebounds
Thunder Blunder: Serge Ibaka/Enes Kanter: 10 points, 7 rebounds, 5/13 shooting combined
Thunder Plunderer: Isaiah Canaan: 31 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 8/13 from 3
Next game: Thursday at Bulls @ 7PM CDT