The Oklahoma City Thunder beat the last place Atlanta Hawks on a last second 3-point make from Russell Westbrook. The lowly Hawks got a career high 20 points from second year player Malcolm Delaney, the most points posted by former Spur Marco Belinelli, 27, in almost 2 years, while former Thunder, Ersan Ilyasova, chipped in another 22 points. Russell led the Thunder scoring charge with 30 points and assists.
What is your initial reaction to tonight's result?
The Thunder win, but it was about as satisfying as kissing your sister. Blowing double-digit halftime leads has become tiresome and doing it time and again against the league’s bottom feeders makes it even worse. Still, a win is a win, and somehow, some way, the Thunder are a respectable 8 and 3 in December....well, that is if you don’t look under the hood.
What was, overall, the main reason why the Thunder won?
The Thunder won because the Hawks are terrible. They are young and obviously don’t have the first clue how to close games out, but they didn’t quit which has become the marching theme for all Thunder opponents. Down by 20 at halftime, no sweat, just don’t quit, they will celebrate in the locker room and give it back in the third quarter.
R.K's Round Table -
Thunder Wonder: Russell Westbrook, (the MVP is back)
Thunder Down Under: Carmelo Anthony, (Catch and Shoot Melo knocked down 7 of 12 from beyond the arc)
Thunder Blunder: The entire Thunder roster in the 3rd quarter.
Thunder Plunderer: Marco Belinelli, Malcolm Delaney, Ersan Ilyasova (they all shredded the Thunder’s defense in the second half)
Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
7 p.m. cst, Saturday