The Oklahoma City Thunder easily beat a young, yet inspired Indiana Pacer team 114-96 in a game that could have ended up a blow-out were it not for the incredible play of ex-Thunder, Victor Oladipo’s 35 point outing. Russell Westbrook lead the Thunder charge with 28 points, 16 assts, and 10 rebounds to record his second triple-double of the season.
What is your initial reaction to tonight's result?
Paul George had a disappointing outing against his former team as foul trouble limited the former Pacer star to just 19 minutes before fouling out of the game with 6:15 remaining in the 4th quarter and just 10 points. Carmelo Anthony and Steven Adams were outstanding, both posting double-doubles, but another weak night from the free throw line should be a concern for head coach Billy Donovan moving forward.
What was, overall, the main reason why the Thunder won?
Simply because the starters are beginning to get their act together. After posting back to back negative +/- numbers virtually across the board over the past two games, the Thunder A-Team posted a combined +71 against the Pacers.
The Thunder dominated most of the team numbers except at the line, the Pacers converted 30 of 35 free throw attempts to the Thunders 18 of 26. That 12 pt differential was the only stat that kept this one close.
R.K's Round Table -
Thunder Wonder: Russell “Triple-Double” Westbrook, 28 pts, 16 assts., 10 TREBs.
Thunder Down Under: Gotta go with the double double-double Down Under tonight, Carmelo Anthony and Steven Adams. Both came up huge for the Thunder tonight.
Thunder Blunder: Patrick Patterson, just hasn’t found any traction thus far, but did hit that first corner three of the season tonight.
Thunder Plunderer: Victor Oladipo, 35 pts to lead all scorers, a perfect 8 for 8 from the line, 5 for 8 from three, and 11 for 18 overall. A slimmer VO5 rounded out his totals by adding 5 boards, a steal, and 2 blocked shots. That contract is looking much better than it did 4 months ago.
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