The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Atlanta Hawks on the road, 102-99. In another slightly inconsistent performance that is yet becoming consistently good enough to take down other clubs, OKC used a big 3rd quarter push to take a 14 point lead into the 4th and then barely hung on in the end. Once again, Russell Westbrook paved the way, recording his 6th triple-double (“I’m coming for you, MJ”) in a row with 32 points, 13 rebounds, 12 assists, and this time, only 4 turnovers. This means that, in a span of about 24 hours, Westbrook recorded 50 points, 30 rebounds, 24 assists, and two victories. (Wilt Chamberlain - “you needed TWO games to do that?”)
The Thunder were once again on point for most of the night, despite the rare letdown in the 4th quarter. As a team, 5 players finished in double-figures, they shot 46% from the floor, recorded 26 assists, and a win in the rebounding column, 43-36. Dwight Howard, the big import in the off-season, was held to only 6 points in 19 minutes of play. Then again, that might also be because of what Victor Oladipo did to Dwight:
Victor Oladipo is now Dwight Howard's father. I don't make the rules. https://t.co/U0BmmNfh86— AWEST BRO DUDE (@ayyy_west) December 6, 2016
The Hawks don’t have the firepower that they have had in past seasons due to the loss of Jeff Teague and Al Horford, but they showed that they still are a resilient bunch who can run an effective offense, but the Thunder consistently showed that they had too much talent on the interior and Westbrook playing at a level never seen before by a point guard.
Despite their advantages, the Thunder nearly gave the game away in the 4th as the Hawks stormed back into the game. OKC got a little sloppy with the ball, took too many 3’s, and before you knew it, Atlanta had the ball with 10 seconds to go and a shot to tie. Fortunately, Andre Roberson blanketed sharpshooter Kyle Korver, and Oladipo pushed Tim Hardaway beyond the arc for a long, contested three that fell way short.
Another win in the books for OKC, and their streak continues to bring them to 14-8, earning them some much needed rest to get ready for a rematch with the Rockets on Friday.