After a rough start, the Thunder managed to battle back for a comeback win in OT against Memphis on Saturday night. They didn’t have Paul George for the second straight game, trailed by as much as 20 in the first half, and got a 7/29 FG night out of Russell Westbrook, but none of that matters when you have the greatest basketball player on the face of the planet.
Alex Abrines and Steven Adams were tremendous last night for OKC, doing everything that OKC needed in PG’s absence. Abrines notched a career high in his second straight start, posting 20 points on 7/10 shooting. He was lethal from beyond the arc, going 6/8, including 2 clutch threes in OT. Adams continued his stellar play and trek towards world domination with 21 and 9 on 7/11 shooting.
As much as I love talking all things Steven Adams, I’d be leading everyone wrong if I didn’t focus on Saturday night’s third quarter.
OKC came out of halftime in a defensive mindset, holding Memphis to just 9 points for the quarter as they went 3/20 from the field. This defensive effort allowed the Thunder to jump back into the game and take a one point lead into the fourth.
- Westbrook picked up his league leading eighth triple double of the season with 20 points, 14 assists, and 10 rebounds. He had just 3 turnovers which was great, but was 7/29 from the field and 1/12 from three, which isn’t...what is the word...good.
- Carmelo Anthony had 21 and 9, but also had a relatively inefficient night, going 7/20 FG. He was very solid on the defensive end when OKC needed stops down the stretch.
- In their last two games without Paul George, Russ and Melo are shooting a combined 29/96 from the field.
- The Thunder’s non-point guards combined for zero assists last night. Not one. Westbrook had 14 and Raymond Felton had 4.
- Jerami Grant returned on Saturday, logging 12 minutes. He was 0/3 FG.
- Abrin3s highlights:
- Here’s Russ saying Merry Christmas in Chinese:
Russell Westbrook saying “Merry Christmas” in Chinese when asked to after the game: pic.twitter.com/ukweheEjGE— Erik Horne (@ErikHorneOK) December 10, 2017
- Saturday was OKC’s first road win since beating Milwaukee on Halloween.
- It was also tied for the 2nd largest comeback victory in Thunder history.
A Look Ahead
The Thunder will try to get back to .500 on Monday night vs the Hornets.
Paul George’s status is still unknown, however he did go through pregame warmups on Saturday, and was ruled out just before game time. One would think that means he’s close to returning to the lineup.