The Oklahoma City Thunder decimated a Chicago Bulls team severely depleted by injuries and a disastrous locker room drama, 101 to 69. The ragtag Bulls put on a brave face early, but an 8 point second quarter in which the Bulls only converted on 2 field goals was all the Thunder needed to even out their season at 3 and 3.
What is your initial reaction to tonight's result?
Pity. The Thunder matched a Oklahoma City era best 69 points allowed tonight, but memories of the Thunder’s 2014-15 season of woe are still too fresh to not feel for Bulls fans this season. The only bright spot for Chicago this year may be invaluable playing time for players that otherwise may not see minutes.
What was, overall, the main reason why the Thunder won?
The Thunder dominated almost every match-up stat. Westbrook, who recorded his 3rd triple-double of the season, played with more control, committing only 2 turnovers in 3 quarters of play. With his trifecta, Westbrook recorded a triple-double against the last team remaining on his NBA list. Carmelo Anthony and Paul George scored a combined 41 points on 15 of 31 combined shots and Steven Adams added an extra 12. Adams has hit double-digit scoring in 5 of the Thunders first 6 games.
Raymond Felton continued his solid play, leading all bench scoring with 12 points. In addition, Felt added 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and a blocked shot to round off his strongest outing of the season.
R.K's Round Table -
Thunder Wonder: Carmelo Anthony, 21 pts, 5 for 9 from distance, 7 for 16 overall. After struggling for 5 games to grab any boards, Melo snagged 5.
Thunder Down Under: Raymond Felton, the veteran filled the stat sheet tonight and left nothing blank.
Thunder Blunder: Alex Abrines, the young Spaniard is off to another slow shooting start to the season and was the only Thunder player to finish with a negative +/-. Not to worry, that sweet 3-point shooting stroke that Sherm wants to date will carry the day before the season is done.
Thunder Plunderer: A “bird” on the way in to Chicago?
Steven Adams reached out to NASA, Neil Tyson, and even Bill Nye the Science Guy for answers.
Delta Airlines claims the damage resulted when the charter flight collided with a bird while descending to land. Hmmm.
a Yellow-Breasted Porkbelly perhaps?
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