For the first time since Halloween, Thunder fans woke up this morning to a record north of .500. Everything seemed to go right on Wednesday night, as OKC jumped out to a 19-3 lead in the early going and never looked back. Even the always-scary third quarter went smoothly, sporting a 27 point lead heading into the final frame.
Russ, Melo, and PG were all in rhythm last night. Westbrook led the Thunder with 24 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists on 10/13 shooting. Anthony and George had identical nights from the floor, each going 5/12 with 18 points. These three stat lines go right alongside OKC’s tremendous defensive effort.
Westbrook really set the tone from the get-go on Wednesday, and his teammates quickly followed. He’d be a great person to focus on for today’s spotlight, but instead we’re going to look at two plays that stuck out for good reason.
Paul George got Derrick Favors a poster for Christmas last night. This was a monstrous dunk and the first of its kind from PG in a Thunder uniform.
According to Russ, it’s “about time”:
Russell Westbrook on Paul George’s dunk on Derrick Favors: “About time.” pic.twitter.com/WoSeE0DOTH— Erik Horne (@ErikHorneOK) December 21, 2017
Somebody should honestly check Favors’ pulse after that one. Sheesh.
If we’re focusing on highlights here, I have to include Jerami Grant’s spider-like put back as well. Thunder fans know all about Grants crazy athletic ability, and we got another fun example on Wednesday:
Steven Adams + the Thunder bench mob’s reaction was almost better than the dunk itself.
Steven Adams is so happy with that Jerami Grant put-back dunk. pic.twitter.com/48cWbFa6xP— Up The Thunder (@UpTheThunder) December 21, 2017
Not taking anything away from Grant, but thank god Steven Adams is back.
- OKC is now tied with Boston for the league lead in defensive efficiency. They allow 100.8 points per 100 possessions.
- After two quiet games, George and Anthony started last night’s game 4-14 from the field. They turned it around, shooting 5/11 (3/4 3FG) in the third quarter.
- The Thunder had 12 players score in this one, with 5 in double figures.
- Even Nick Collison played tonight, which is always a treat. He finished with 2 points and 1 rebound.
- This is interesting:
Interesting: Paul George says that after bulking up in the offseason, he’s worked in-season to shed some weight to play a little faster and get some more lift.— Brett Dawson (@BDawsonWrites) December 21, 2017
A Look Ahead
The Thunder wrap up their three game homestand on Friday night as they welcome in the Atlanta Hawks. This will be the first of a back-to-back that finishes with a trip to Utah on Saturday.