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Thunder Views: Above .500, Holiday Posters, and Nick Collison

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Don’t look now, but the Thunder have won 8 out of their last 11

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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.

Spotlight

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”:

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.

Not taking anything away from Grant, but thank god Steven Adams is back.

Quick Rumbles

  • 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:

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.