The Thunder grabbed their second straight win last night with a convincing performance over the sliding San Antonio Spurs. It was exactly what Billy Donovan’s group was looking for to start their final 15 game stretch. This was their first win over a projected playoff team since beating the Warriors on February 6.
Russell Westbrook set the pace from the get-go, controlling the game in every facet as he collected his 19th triple-double of the season. He finished with 21 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists. Russ brought energy and created opportunities for everyone on the floor when his team needed him.
The reigning MVP led the way, but it was the bench that took the crown on Saturday night.
OKC got 50 points from their bench last night, with Nick Collison receiving well-deserved MVP chants towards the end of Saturday’s victory.
Collison had 7 points in 6 minutes, much to the delight of the Thunder faithful.
Collison on hearing some MVP chants: “Sometimes I feel like the walk-on in college games when everyone’s yelling at you to shoot the ball”: pic.twitter.com/ZOUd6wUWqC— Royce Young (@royceyoung) March 11, 2018
Jerami Grant was very solid once again, going 5/5 from the field and finishing with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Corey Brewer gave them 12 points alongside Alex Abrines’ 11 and Patrick Patterson’s 10.
The bench’s production is vitally important to this team’s success, and that was on display once again Saturday night.
- Paul George’s shooting struggles continued last night. He was 4/16 from the field, but he added 10 rebounds and 5 assists.
- Steven Adams left the game with a sprained left ankle. He’s questionable for tomorrow’s game against the Kings.
- Terrance Ferguson remains in the NBA’s concussion protocol. He will miss tomorrow’s game.
- OKC is two games back of third-place Portland. They are tied in the loss column with San Antonio and Los Angeles.
- Nick Collison’s MVP campaign is gaining steam, I suggest you all jump on ASAP.
A Look Ahead
The Thunder face Sacramento and Atlanta, before starting a brutal 11-game stretch against playoff teams. Winning these next two is of extreme importance.