We saw a little bit of everything on Wednesday night at the ‘Peake. From electrical fires to double-techs to efficient shooting across the board, the Thunder continued their hot streak against the East-leading Raptors for their 6th win in a row. They’re now 12-3 in the month of December.
After a so-so start, OKC outscored the Raptors 92-69 over the final three quarters thanks to another efficient night that saw all five starters shoot over 50% from the floor. The Thunder’s top four shooting nights of the season have all come in the last eight days, so yeah, you could say things are going well, a remarkable turnaround from a month ago.
PG, Russ, and Melo were clicking again, as they finished with 33, 30, and 18, respectively. They’ve set quite the tone for the Thunder offense over the last week or so.
But c’mon, we all know what I really want to focus on today.
It’s Steven Adams’ world, we’re all just living in it. I’ve been pushing this message since opening night against the Knicks, and last night we received even more content to help the movement.
It was yet another tremendous play from Adams, but this time we got a little celebration. The Big Kiwi was clearly feeling himself, and it was phenomenal.
He finished with 16 points (8/9 FG), 9 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 4 steals.
World dominance is up next pic.twitter.com/foug3tYRTB— Chris Grenham (@chrisgrenham) December 6, 2017
- OKC’s lights out shooting from last night is definitely worth reiterating. The Thunder shot 52.9% as a team. For the first time all year, the Thunder are in the top half of the league in offensive ratings.
- The Thunder defense was once again firing on all cylinders. They held DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry to a 7/26 shooting night thanks to strong perimeter defending from Paul George and Andre Roberson.
- Westbrook was 2 rebounds shy of a triple-double, finishing with 30-13-8.
- George led the scoring charge with 33 points and 8 rebounds.
- The Thunder won another third quarter by outscoring Toronto 36-25.
- Maybe a metaphor for OKC’s offense catching fire?...
Lights blowing out at the ‘Peake and there seems to be a good amount of smoke. This is a new one. pic.twitter.com/Rg6jqjUAlA— Up The Thunder (@UpTheThunder) December 28, 2017
A Look Ahead
The fight for seven straight occurs Friday night against Milwaukee at the ‘Peake. Not much else to say in terms of looking ahead. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.