The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the struggling Toronto Raptors 108-104 on Sunday behind another triple-double from Russell Westbrook. Westbrook racked up his 5th triple-double in 6 games, with 30-17-11. The Raptors were paced by DeMar DeRozan, who had 24 points and 9 assists.
What is your initial reaction to tonight's result?
In addition to his triple-double, Westbrook had 9 turnovers. The second quarter was especially ugly, with Westbrook racking up 5 turnovers in the frame. Other than that, Westbrook was spectacular. He knocked down a long midrange jumper, and two free throws in the final minute that would prove to be too much to overcome for Toronto.
Enes Kanter and Serge Ibaka were on the receiving end of most of Westbrook's dimes. The starting big men for the Thunder combined for 42 points, 19 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 blocks.
What was, overall, the main reason why the Thunder won/lost?
Russell Westbrook's last 2 weeks are proving to be the equivalent of a Heisman Moment in college football. Five triple-doubles in six games is basically the equivalent of Johnny Manziel beating Alabama. This particular triple double was one of the more impressive ones. His scoring may have been down, but 17 assists means he was making his teammates better. Sans the 9 turnovers, he was absolutely dominant tonight.
Thunder Wonder: Russell Westbrook: 30 points, 17 assists, 11 rebounds, 4 steals
Thunder Down Under: Enes Kanter: 21 points, 12 rebounds, 9-14 field goals
Thunder Blunder: Dion Waiters: 2-8 shooting, 7 points
Thunder Plunderer: DeMar DeRozan: 24 points, 9 assists, 4 rebounds
Next game: vs LA Clippers on Wednesday 3/11 at 7PM CDT